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Diabetes Discussion – Tip 1

American Indians and Alaska Natives are diagnosed with diabetes more often than any other ethnic group in the United States. One out of every six adults have it – and that’s double the general population’s rate. Why, you ask? Let’s dive into it.

While research suggests genetics plays a role in developing diabetes, lifestyle factors play a bigger one. Take control of your health by looking at your risks in the following categories:

It is important to be proactive when it comes to these. Read the tip below on how to do so.


There is a link between how many calories a person takes in and diabetes. Research suggests diets high in fat and added sugars may also play a role in this.

Choosing foods lower in fat and higher in fiber is a good place to start to lower the chance of getting diabetes. Try eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to give your body the nutrients it needs.

If you get stuck figuring out how to make meals that are good for your body, meet with a local dietitian. They are trained in how to provide daily meal plans that get you on your way to new eating habits.

Stay tuned this whole week for more information on diabetes prevention! Find updates on www.uicsl.org.