Friday, September 7, 2012

YES Magazine. Make the Connections: Poverty, Obesity, and Diabetes

How to fight diabetes with better policy—and cut your own diabetes risk by 93 percent.

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Just the Facts 63

How to fight diabetes with better policy:

  1. Combat poverty

    People who make $15,000 or less are three times more likely to have diabetes than people who make $50,000 or more, regardless of race.

  2. End junk food subsidies

    Between 1985 and 2010 the price of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup dropped 24%, while the price  of fresh fruits and vegetables rose 39%.

Do 4 things to cut your risk of diabetes by 93%:

  1. Eat healthy

    The lowest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the world occur in populations consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet.
  2. Lose weight

  3. Exercise

    Overweight people walking 150 minutes a week can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by nearly 60%.
  4. Stop smoking

Click here for more articles from It's Your Body, the Fall 2012 issue of YES! Magazine.
  • The Good Food Cure
    What happens when the Motor City transforms itself into the capital of grow-your-own food?
  • Your Body, of Water
    A storyteller asks what you'd do if you knew your body was part of the water web.
  • Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body
    The new science that explains how politics, economics, and ecology can help or hurt our bodies, and how we can fix an unhealthy world.

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