November is National Diabetes Month, which is a great opportunity to spend some time learning about diabetes and how to prevent or manage it. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. Its progression can result in major life-threating complications including stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and skin and eye complications. One in ten Americans has diabetes, and another 84 million adults in the U.S. are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
An important role the restaurant industry can play is offering and assisting guests with diabetes-friendly menu options. Eating can be tricky for individuals with diabetes, and many people may feel their meal choices are limited. The restaurant industry can help by being familiar with menus and nutrition and making healthy recommendations.
Here are some recommendations on types of dishes that may be appropriate to offer someone with diabetes:
- Fish or meats (broiled or baked)
- Vegetables or salad
- Whole grains
- Sauces served on the side
- Smaller-sized or lunch portions
Each restaurant has their own dishes and specialties, so managers and chefs should meet with their staff to review offerings and discuss which dishes would be best-suited for individuals with dietary restrictions.
Join the fight against diabetes by providing menu options that are suitable for diabetic guests, ensuring your staff is knowledgeable in making healthy recommendations, and providing nutritional information.
John E. Aoki, M.D., CHCQM, FABQAURP
Chief Medical Officer
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