One in three. That's how many Americans are struggling with either diabetes or pre-diabetes. According to the CDC, a staggering 100 million Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. And the news only gets worse: 25 percent of diabetics and 88.4 percent of pre-diabetics don't even realize their lives are in danger.
While many assume that living with diabetes means little more than making sure to take your insulin on time, the disease can be progressive, and even fatal in some cases. In fact, diabetes remains the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. The good news? Studies have long confirmed the link between being overweight or obese and the development of type 2 diabetes, with some suggesting that the body's inflammatory response to certain foods may itself be a catalyst for a diabetes diagnosis. This means that you don't have to accept a type 2 diabetes diagnosis as a foregone conclusion: it means you have the tools to fight back, right there in your kitchen. Start by adding these 20 foods that fight diabetes to your menu and you'll be paving the way toward a longer, healthier life. And when you want to ditch the sweet stuff in your diet for good, discover these 45 Surprise Foods Loaded With Sugar.