Why Your Office is Ruining Your Diabetes (and how to fix it)

Because it is never just one more donut.

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There is a hard fact about being a working adult and it is that no matter where you work there is always food involved.

It is always someone’s birthday or another person’s retirement. Someone always dutifully brings in something sweet or the conference always has leftovers.

No matter how hard you try to stick to a healthy diet (or your work task at hand) those cheeky snacks always await you.

Whether you grab the free bagel or the extra donut because you don’t want to be rude or because you just love carbs is irrelevant. Either way, it is ruining your health.

Unhealthy Diet May Lead to Diabetes

Many people assume that type 2 diabetes is caused by an excess of sugar. While high sugar intake is certainly a factor in the disease, it is not the main factor. Instead, it is a combination of poor diet and a lack of exercise that may lead to type 2 diabetes.

The best way to prevent type 2 diabetes, and in many cases reverse it, is to maintain a healthy diet and practice moderate exercise. By eating natural foods that come from this Earth and moving your body regularly, you are less likely to develop the disease.

The problem?

Most of us work in an office, where snacks, desserts, and special occasions abound. All this unhealthy food in excess can cause major problems to your health.

If your health is important to you, then something needs to change.

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The Workplace is the Perfect Place to Impact Dietary Change

So what can you do? Here are a few ideas:

Create a Health and Wellness Committee

Gather a group of people that are interested in health and wellness in the workplace, like you. You can schedule regular meetings to plan wellness fairs, implement policies, or create events that raise awareness.

Develop a Food and Nutrition Policy

A policy can help create guidelines for food served at work events, such as meeting, training, or conferences. Make recommendations that follow general nutrition guidelines so that nothing is too detrimental to a person’s health.

Be a Role Model

Perhaps the most effective approach is to simply be a role model. People will naturally be curious and open to discussion about your health and wellness mission. Use that opportunity to spread more information.

References

Knox News. URL Link. Retrieved November 8, 2017.

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Marquis is a freelance writer currently living in Ecuador. She contributes to health blogs as well as writes about her experiences as an expat in Ecuador. Her background is in Psychology but she has left that behind to write, on the road.