For many people with diabetes, making changes to diet and lifestyle can go a long way toward reducing the risk for and managing this disease. The National Pork Board’s pork checkoff is highlighting the many reasons why lean pork is an important part of eating right, not only during American Diabetes Month this November, but throughout the year.
“Now’s a great time to remind health professionals about how lean pork fits into a healthy diet,” says Ceci Snyder, a registered dietitian and vice president of domestic marketing for the NPB. “With all the talk lately about health care reform, it’s important for people to understand how eating healthy fits into preventative care.”
Diabetes, including both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, affects nearly 24 million Americans, of which an estimated 6 million are unaware that they have the disease. There’s room for improvement in the diets of Americans with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
After analyzing the food choices of more than 2,700 overweight men and women with type 2 diabetes, a team of researchers across the nation found that:
• Nearly all of the adults exceeded the recommended percentage of calories from fat (93 percent).
• 85 percent consumed too much saturated fat.
The Diabetes Prevention Program, a large study of people at high risk for diabetes, showed that lifestyle intervention reduced developing diabetes by 58 percent during a three-year period, Snyder says. A recent follow-up report found benefits of lifestyle change could persist for at least 10 years.
In a recent e-newsletter, the NPB provided tips that health care professionals can use to educate their clients about the healthy diet that includes lean protein, like pork.