According to this data, in 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. Of that, approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed. 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes. Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
In lieu of all of these horrific statistics, most doctors will generally encourage diabetics to avoid sugars and carbohydrates. Because, in most cases, desserts can be full of sugar and other simple carbohydrates, and they often offer minimal or no nutritional value. Despite this, a person with diabetes can still enjoy something sweet by making some simple nutritional changes. Even a person without diabetes can benefit from following some of the suggestions below.
- Eat Smaller Portions – Whether at home, a restaurant or a family gathering, asking for a smaller serving of a dessert, or sharing a dessert with a friend can allow you the benefit of enjoying the “guilty pleasure”.
- Swap Your Carbohydrates – If you choose to eliminate processed, starchy foods at meal time like bread, pasta, chips, etc. with healthy fats and proteins, you can help to avoid spiking your blood sugar levels when you eat that sweet dessert shortly after. For example, a breakfast of eggs, bacon and avocado allows room for a small pastry or Danish afterwards.
- Eat Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate offers a variety of health benefits including helping control blood sugar levels. A study completed and published last year demonstrates the beneficial effects of consuming dark chocolate on insulin levels, blood sugar levels, pancreatic function and lipid levels.
- Eat Fruit – Despite many fruits being high in sugar content, they are also high in fibers and nutrients like vitamins and antioxidants. Opting for low glycemic fruits like berries can help to satisfy that sweet tooth.
- Eat Homemade Desserts – The best way to make sure that you are not overindulging in low nutrient or anti-nutrient desserts is to make your own healthy desserts. We have plenty of dessert ideas on our website including one of my personal favorites – Nut Bites.
In summary, a person with diabetes can maintain a healthful diet and still enjoy dessert. For those who want to indulge, planning ahead, keeping serving sizes small, and choosing desserts that offer more nutritional value can help.
At Stanly Wellness Center, we are eager and ready to help you and your families achieve your best health possible. If you are looking for help with your health or you know of someone who is suffering with poor health, call the office of Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600 and schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Dr. Patrick Ess to see how he can help. Dr. Ess will not waste your time or money. He will let you know if he can help you, and if he can’t, who in the community can.
Our office specializes in nutrition, detoxification and neurological correction. You can also refer to our website at www.AskDrPatrick.com for more information. We accept most major health insurances including BCBS, Aetna, Humana, UHC, Medicaid and Medicare.
Stanly Wellness Center is located right on Main St (24/27) in Locust and is situated across the street from the big blue Locust Monument building.