Eating healthy is important for many reasons including helping prevent chronic diseases. One of the most common chronic diseases in the United States is diabetes. Screening for prediabetes can help prevent a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. More than 84 million adults in the United States have prediabetes which means blood sugar levels are higher than normal. One quick way to screen for prediabetes to know if you are at risk for developing diabetes is through a quick 7 question quiz through the Center for Disease Control. The test only takes a minute and includes simple questions including: age, gender, family history of diabetes, known diagnoses of high blood pressure, physical activity level, and your weight.
After taking the quick test if you are at risk for prediabetes, it is important to see your doctor and to take steps to improve your health. One important lifestyle change is eating healthy. Nutrition is an important component of staying healthy and preventing chronic diseases including diabetes. Nutrition is a big part of disease management and using your CSA boxes to prepare healthy meals is a great place to start. For more questions about diabetes visit the resources below and talk to your primary care doctor.