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Celebrating anything about diabetes seems odd. Celebrations are usually saved for happy occasions. Really, though, in diabetes care, we have a lot to celebrate. We’ve come a long way from the 16th century, when medical professionals tasted urine for sweetness in order to diagnose this condition. Today, thankfully, we have Hemoglobin A1c tests, blood sugar meters and continuous glucose monitors that help us diagnose diabetes and determine blood sugar levels. Here are some reasons we encourage you to be aware of diabetes this month.
If you do not have it, you know someone with it. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) gives statistics that show just how common diabetes is. Thirteen percent of all US adults have it and that number goes up to 26.8% among those 65 years or older. Diabetes is more common for people from racial/ethnic mino-rities- 12.5% of people of Hispanic origin, 11.7% of non-Hispanic blacks followed by 9.2% of non-Hispanic Asians and 7.5% of non-Hispanic whites
have it. Besides those with a diabetes diagnosis, more than 1 in 3 Amer-ican adults have prediabetes- a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not
high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Of those with prediabetes, more than 84% don't know they have it.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a terrific resource whether you have pre-diabetes, diabetes or are a family member or friend of someone with the diagnosis. Visit diabetes.org and
check out the ADA’s “One Minute, One Test Result” risk test to see where you fall in the “at risk” category. If you already have a diagnosis, the ADA has many online tools to help-information about treatment, healthy eating, medicines and COVID-19. A new feature that ADA is offering, www.diabetesfoodhub.or, is a free menu planner, recipe finder and grocery list maker all at one website. Most importantly, seeing your doctor or nurse practitioner regularly will help you know if you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or not. DePaul Community Health Centers’ staff wants to help keep you healthy. Call 870-382-3080 to schedule an appointment at our Dumas or Gould clinic.
Besides our providers, we have a diabetes education program to help you understand diabetes treatment. During COVID, in-person classes have been suspended but individual, no-cost appointments are available with me, a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. To schedule an appointment, email me at email@example.com or call the DePaul Community Health Center Wellness Center at 870-263-4748, extension 2 and leave a message. Here’s a recipe that will help you celebrate both diabetes awareness month and the joys of healthy eating!
Baked Cauliflower Tots
2 cups grated cauliflower (about half a medium head)
3 tablespoons flour
¼ cup cheddar cheese, grated
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil or line with parchment paper or foil. Grate cauliflower on large holes of a grater.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well.
Press mixture together to make about 15 small logs. Place on the baking sheet with space between each log.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. For extra crispy tots, broil for an extra 2 minutes.
Watch closely to avoid burning.
These are best eaten after being freshly made.
Nutrition Information- 1 serving is 5 logs. Each serving provides 70 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 200
mg sodium, 9 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber. Recipe from foodhero.org.