While the leftover Halloween candy sitting in your cupboard can be tempting…do not be spooked! Consuming sugar will not give you diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by a high calorie diet, a sedentary lifestyle, and being overweight. The key is to consume added sugars in moderation, and to read food labels to know exactly what you are eating. Added sugars are those put into foods during processing and appear on food labels with names ending in “ose”, and others such as high fructose corn syrup. The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily added sugar to 25 grams for women, and 36 grams for men. Following these simple recommendations will allow you to enjoy an occasional sweet treat without negatively impacting your health.
Astia Health can help you set personal goals to keep you eating healthy and staying active for many years to come. If you do have diabetes, we can provide the education and support you need to eat well, stay active, check your blood sugar, and lower your risk of developing other health issues.