Don't Get Squishy in the Tummy
The greatest risk for developing diabetes, besides having a family history, is having extra fat in the tummy. This leads to insulin resistance, then pre-diabetes, and eventually type 2 diabetes. The good news is that a simple tape measure can keep you on track. Snugly measure around your waistline: women should be 35 inches or less, and men should be 40 inches or less.The Diabetes Prevention Program Study found that people could prevent or delay diabetes IF they exercised just 30 minutes every day and lost 5-10% of their weight. How cool is that.Eating more fruits and vegetables is an easy way to fill in your meals with foods that naturally are lower in calories and fat. Here is a colorful baby spinach salad with fresh apple slices and blueberries. I would top this with a light dressing - whisk together 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt, 2 T. apple cider, 1/2 teaspoon spicy mustard and a touch of honey (serves 2). YUM!