by Rosita Rodriguez, Boise ID

Diabetes is a disorder that affects the way your body uses food for energy. Normally, the sugar you take in is digested and broken down to a simple sugar, known as glucose. The glucose then circulates in your blood where it waits to enter cells to be used as fuel. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps move the glucose into cells. A healthy pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin based on the level of glucose.
But, if you have diabetes, this process breaks down, and blood sugar levels become too high.
We can reduce our risk by following these tips:
  •  If overweight, set a reasonable goal for losing weight, such as 1 pound a week.
  •  Avoid crash diets. Instead, strive to eat smaller portions at meals.
  •  Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products and lean cuts of meat and poultry.
  •  Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  •  Exercise for 30 minutes on most days during the week. Choose activities you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, water aerobics or biking.
  • Build exercise into your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk or bicycle whenever possible.
  • Ask a friend to join you in making these changes. You can support and inspire one another.
Employee had the chance to test their knowledge with these three quizzes:
  • Diabetes and Exercise
  • Understanding Food
  • Understanding Protein
At the same time understanding what to do to reduce their chances of diabetes affecting their lives