November is Diabetes Awareness Month where Canadians work together to bring awareness to diabetes, a disease that affects one in three Canadians. Today, those aged 20 now face a 50 percent chance of developing the disease.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not properly process food into energy. This may lead to other health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Diabetes can develop into one of three conditions: type-1, type-2 and prediabetes. 90% of diabetes cases are type-2 which can be controlled through healthy lifestyle changes including, healthy diets and exercise.

How do whole grains fit into the diabetes conversations?

What about carbohydrates increasing blood sugar levels?

Furthermore, when choosing a carbohydrate food, choose a whole-grain option. Read your labels carefully and look for ingredients listed as whole grain (like whole barley, whole oats) and choose foods that contain whole grains to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Whole-grain foods contain a variety of beneficial nutrients, and research shows they are associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. For those with diabetes, choosing whole grains over refined grains can help to maintain optimum blood sugar readings“.

Diabetes Canada

Also, whole grains have many other health benefits. They can help to promote bowel regularity, help lower cholesterol and can help with healthy blood pressure.

How can I incorporate whole grains for Diabetes Awareness Month?

From the farmers in the fields to the wholesome food on tables across Ontario — there’s Good in Every Grain #ONgrains