As a dietitian who is a visible minority with a diverse background, one of my main goals is to help others eat healthy without eliminating their cultural foods. As a Canadian, I love that we celebrate diversity. However, I don’t see the diversity reflected on the new food guide.
In Canada, approximately 10% of the population in 2015 had some form of diabetes, and the amount is continuously increasing. However despite this number, diabetes remains largely misunderstood by the general public. With misconceptions such as “diabetes means you can’t eat anything sweet” or “you can never enjoy food and a happy life with diabetes”, it’s important for us to look past these ideas and understand diabetes correctly so we can help either ourselves, friends, or family members who are affected by diabetes to live a happy and healthy lifestyle!
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic (meaning life-long) condition in which the body cannot use glucose (a sugar that comes from food) for energy. As a result, blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels rise higher than normal.
Check out this video for a quick visual on diabetes in the body, as well as some symptoms that can be related to diabetes.
What Happens in the Body?
Blood glucose levels higher than normal associated with diabete...