By: Christine “ECKO” Ho, Staff Writer

This November is American Diabetes Month nationwide. With numbers as high as 24 million children and adults afflicted with diabetes, with another 57 million with pre-diabetes, the risk continues to grow. One in two of minority children will be born with diabetes, should Americans continue with their current trends of eating junk food, fast food and infrequent, unhealthy meals. This should hit close to home, as the majority of sisters are minorities.

The many necessary tools of survival for a diabetic.

Diabetes is a condition which is treatable, but cannot be cured. Once diagnosed with diabetes, the person’s entire lifestyle must change. Whether it is from lack of glucose or an overindulgent lifestyle with glucose, the person must readjust his/her entire life to serve the level of insulin in his/her body. Diabetes is becoming a deadly disease that is on the uprise, despite declining death rates of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

The most common form of diabetes is the type where there is too much sugar in the body, and the body cannot regulate the levels by itself anymore. The levels must be constantly monitored and checked. With Halloween over with, sugar levels should be normal. However, one more danger lurks around the corner: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a reason to gorge on turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, sweet corn with melted butter, etc. However, this feast can turn deadly for some.

Eating Thanksgiving dinner in moderation will help those with high sugar levels. Planning ahead is always wise when mapping out the Thanksgiving feast. Also, it is absolutely essential that exercise remains a part of the plan. Not only does it regulate the glucose levels within the body, it keeps you extra healthy for the upcoming feast.

This site contains many diabetic Thanksgiving recipes: http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/Holidays_and_Special_Occasions/Thanksgiving/.

These recipes are healthier than what is usually consumed on this overzealous holiday, so everyone should give one of the recipes a try.

Here is one that looks scrumptious and that anyone can eat:

New Potatoes with Olive Oil and Garlic
Ingredients:
• 12 small new potatoes (1 pound total)
• 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
• 1 large clove garlic, minced
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Pinch of freshly ground pepper

Directions:
1. Peel off a 1/2-inch strip of skin around the center of each potato.
2. Place the potatoes in a steamer set over simmering water. Cover and steam until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and reserve.
3. Heat the oil and garlic in a nonstick skillet large enough to hold the potatoes in one layer. Cook over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and roll them in the oil mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

Photo Credit: Christine “ECKO” Ho

Sources:
Recipe: http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/358.shtml
American Diabetes Association : http://www.diabetes.org/