OCTOBER 13, 2014. How do you plan on managing your diabetes during the upcoming holiday season?
To help, Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health will offer a free diabetes fair entitled "Healthy Holiday Eating with Diabetes" on Thursday, November 20 from 4 - 6 pm in the hospital's cafeteria, located at 355 Grand Street in Jersey City.
"Eating healthy during the holidays can pose a challenge to anyone, but particularly to people with diabetes and their families," said Nancy Rodrigues, a Certified Diabetes Educator at Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health. "That's why we're planning to provide healthy eating information at this event for the diverse people who comprise the communities we serve, whether their diet is one favored by Muslims or Latinos, or whether they eat kosher or vegetarian."
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into the energy essential for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as diet, obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
According to the Diabetes Foundation, nearly one million adults and children in New Jersey have diabetes. In addition, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States – more than 8% of the population – have the disease, nearly two million new cases are diagnosed annually and 79 million people are categorized as pre-diabetic.
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