November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Yakima, WA – Borton & Sons, Inc. would like to help in raising awareness during National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the Unites States.  Some of these disabilities include blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health issues if it’s not controlled.  According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, one in eleven Americans have diabetes which equates to over 29 million people, with an additional 86 million adults being at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the US.

Awareness is imperative as people can lower their risk simply by making healthy lifestyle changes including eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. To learn more about living with Diabetes, or simply how you can help in raising awareness, please see fact’s on the American Diabetes Association website; http://www.diabetes.org/?loc=bb-dorg.

Increasing fruits and vegetables is at the top of the list, being categorized as superfoods to diabetics. In researching specifics with apples in relation to diabetes, we learned that apples have been linked directly to prevention of type 2 diabetes!  Apples are rich in soluble fiber, which keeps you full, slows down the absorption of nutrients (such as sugar) in to your bloodstream and helps to lower cholesterol.  It also helps in regulating blood sugar and bowel function which has an anti-inflammatory effect that may help diabetics recover faster from infections.

According to a study published in BMJ in 2014, whole fruits such as apples, blueberries and grapes are linked to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. Apples are full of polyphenols, plant compounds that seem to protect against a variety of chronic diseases.  Apples are low in carbs, have multiple vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help in disease prevention and control.  They are also high in fiber and vitamin C, low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and have no fat or cholesterol, which are beneficial in prevention of this disease. 

To learn more about how apples help in preventing diabetes, or how they assist in living with them in a healthy way, please see articles below:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/eating-whole-fruits-linked-to-lower-risk-of-type-2-diabetes/

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/08/reduce-type-2-diabetes-risk/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=15

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples/

Borton Fruit hopes you plan to make increasing your apple consumption a goal going into 2017. Live a healthy life while preventing diseases with this easy to grab and go option!

Posted November 28, 2016


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