Preventing Diabetes with Healthier Eating

Categories: Well Nourished

During the month of November, Healthy Monadnock will help promote American Diabetes Month by sharing posts from the American Diabetes Association® to help put good food and good health on the table. Whether you are one of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes or the 86 million Americans with prediabetes, or you simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, the recipes and information will demonstrate how easy and joyful healthy eating can be for everyone in the Monadnock Region. 

Each week during November, Healthy Monadnock will share the Association’s nutritious recipes selected by noted chefs and cookbook authors that will teach us how to choose, prepare, serve and eat healthy food that is both delicious and nutritious. From tip sheets to shopping lists, we’ll help make healthy eating a fun and easy part of daily life. The photo above is for a delicious breakfast of sunny fried eggs and avocado quesadilla.

Looking to prepare a healthy Thanksgiving Day meal? The Association will include seasonal recipes and tips to ensure you don’t miss out on the autumn and holiday flavors you love.

Healthy Monadnock has a goal of reducing the Monadnock region’s rate of diabetes from 8.7% of our population to 5% of the population by the year 2020. If we don’t take steps to improve our eating and activity levels, we’ll be seeing an increase in diabetes. Check out these grim facts and figures from the American Diabetes Association.

American Diabetes Month Facts and Figures*


  • Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. today—nearly 10 percent of the population.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes®.
  • Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • African Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.

The Toll on Health

  • Diabetes nearly doubles the risk for heart attack and for death from heart disease.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among working-age adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
  • Roughly 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Cost of Diabetes

  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $245 billion.
  • Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is more than two times higher than those without the disease.
  • Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
  • 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
  • 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

*From the American Association of Diabetes