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NEWS | Dec. 5, 2013

Prevent, manage diabetes with healthy eating

By Senior Airman Catherine S. Scholar 59th Medical Wing

There are some things in life you can't control, but when it comes to your health, you can control what you put into your body. It is possible to prevent or postpone the start of type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle. By modifying your diet, increasing your level of physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight you can stay healthier longer and lessen your risk of diabetes.

Do not attempt to cut out carbohydrates from your diet to prevent or control diabetes. Instead, try consuming smaller meal portions and eating three meals a day with two snacks in between. This will decrease your current daily carbs intake. Carbs are our main source of energy and provide the ideal fuel, called glucose, for your body to function optimally. They are also the only form of energy used by the brain.

If you are looking for further nutrition information, nutrition program and classes are offered at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory and Surgical Center, Outpatient Nutrition Clinic or if you would like to speak with a registered dietician/technician for further questions, call 210-292-7578.