34.2 million people have diabetes (10.5% of the US population)

“Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes—and it means that your body doesn’t use insulin properly. And while some people can control their blood sugar levels with healthy eating and exercise, others may need medication or insulin to help manage it. Regardless, you have options—and tools, resources, and support to help you fight” (American Diabetes Association).

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88 million people 18 or older have prediabetes (34.5% of the adult US population)

“A key part of managing type 2 diabetes is maintaining a healthy diet. You need to eat something sustainable that helps you feel better and still makes you feel happy and fed. Remember, it’s a process.

Fitness is another key to managing type 2. And the good news, all you have to do is get moving. The key is to find activities you love and do them as often as you can. No matter how fit you are, a little activity every day can help fight type 2 and put yourself in charge of your life.”

– American Diabetes Association

Lifestyle changes

“Foods to eat for a type 2 diabetic diet meal plan include complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole wheat, quinoa, oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, beans, and lentils. Foods to avoid include simple carbohydrates, which are processed, such as sugar, pasta, white bread, flour, and cookies, pastries.

Diet recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes include a vegetarian or vegan diet, the American Diabetes Association diet (which also emphasizes exercise), the Paleo Diet, and the 

Mediterranean diet.What to not to eat if you have type 2 diabetes: sodas (regular and diet), refined sugars, processed carbohydrates, trans fats, high-fat animal products, high-fat dairy products, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and any highly processed foods.”

– Medicine Net 

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Diabetes’ Stats

  • In 2018, 34.2 million Americans, or 10.5% of the population, had diabetes.
  • Nearly 1.6 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, including about 187,000 children and adolescents.
  • Of the 34.2 million adults with diabetes, 26.8 million were diagnosed, and 7.3 million were undiagnosed.
  • The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 26.8%, or 14.3 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
  • 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
  • About 210,000 Americans under age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, approximately 0.25% of that population.

*All stats come from the ADA.

10 Steps to Health



Trust your Maker more and stress less. Be thankful and grateful to Allah for blessing you. 


Have a refreshing rest daily and weekly.


Enjoy sunshine every day – it adds cheer to your life.


Eat more grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts and avoid high fat and high sugar foods.  


Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.


Hydrate! Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day!


Live temperately. Abstain from what is harmful and use in moderation that which is good.

Give Back

Invest time in others. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” – Nabi Isa

Fresh Air

Spend time outside every day and breathe in the fresh air!


Educate yourself about health.

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