The First Step Toward Healthy

Physical activity plays an important role in a healthy lifestyle. Combined with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and The Beast (type 2 diabetes). As you exercise, you may begin to feel immediate benefits like reduced stress and anxiety, increased energy, and improved sleep. […]

The Good, the Bad, and The Beast

Our bodies get energy from the food we eat, specifically the calories in the food we eat. Those calories come from three sources known as macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fats. We need all three macronutrients in a healthy diet to function.   To prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, however, it’s important to understand how […]

Family vs. The Beast

While your genes can increase your risk of having type 2 diabetes, genetics isn’t the only way your family influences diabetes. The ways you eat, play, and live together matter more. Finding new ways for everyday eating, shopping, and being active together can help everyone get and stay healthy. Because when it’s family versus The […]

Make The Beast Go Away

Being told you have prediabetes is like passing a billboard on the side of the road. It’s a big sign that shouts “this way to type 2 diabetes!” And no one wants to go there. Read this article for tips on how you can reverse prediabetes and take a journey toward better health. One in […]

Staying Active While Staying Home

In the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find yourself spending more time sitting in front of a screen and less time moving your body. That makes The Beast happy. But staying safe shouldn’t mean an end to exercise. Being physically active at home not only helps control type 2 diabetes. It also reduces stress and improves […]

The Best Choice Possible

At restaurants For healthier menu items, look for these words: grilled, steamed, poached, braised, and broiled. Even when you’re not cooking at home, you can still stick to your plan to eat healthy. The key is to know what to look for on the menu. If you’re going out to a restaurant, check the menu […]

Why The Beast Wants You to Smoke

Congratulations. The fact that you’re reading this article indicates your willingness to explore stopping smoking. Did you know there are now more ex-smokers than current smokers? And did you know that the more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes? In fact, smokers are 30 to 40 percent more at risk […]

No Judgment

How does it feel to have type 2 diabetes? Usually, the answer to that question is about physical symptoms: “Tired.” “Thirsty.” “Hungry.” But having diabetes can produce other feelings as well: “Judged.” “Embarrassment.” Having diabetes or prediabetes is more than a physical challenge. It can also be socially challenging. In one study, more than 80% […]

You’ve Met The Beast. Now what?

If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you’re not alone. Each year, 1.5 million people in the United States develop the disease. For every one of them, the diagnosis can feel overwhelming. The good news? You have lots of support and help right here in Monterey County to keep it under control. What is […]

The Sneaky Beast

Sugar lurks in the strangest places. So if you are not careful, you may find yourself unintentionally binging on too much sweet stuff. The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to six teaspoons (or 24 grams) daily for women, nine teaspoons (or 36 grams) for men. Sometimes a food we think is healthy has […]