Healthy living can prevent Type 2 Diabetes
November is American Diabetes Month in order to promote public awareness of diabetes. In the United States, approximately 30 million Americans, which is roughly 1 in every 10 people, have a form of diabetes. Diabetes is divided into Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and Gestational Diabetes. Of the 30 million Americans with Diabetes, between 90% and 95% of these cases are of Type 2 Diabetes. Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, which is thought to be caused by genetics or some sort of environmental trigger, like a virus, Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by lifestyle alone. We can prevent Type 2 Diabetes through lifestyle changes.
- Cut down on high-fat foods such as fried foods and fatty cuts of meat
- Snack on vegetables instead of processed foods
- Control your portions and eat smaller meals
- Lower how much sodium you consume; try using other spices instead of salt
- Skip dessert when you go out to eat
Physical activity helps build muscle strength and endurance and it will help with weight loss. Physical activity also lowers your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
- Be active for 30 minutes a day
- Take up a physical hobby, like biking, dancing, or martial arts
- Instead of taking the elevator, walk up the stairs at work or in your apartment
- Walk, run, or bike to places near your home instead of driving there
- Set physical fitness goals; goal setting helps you visualize what you want to achieve
These tips also work for people living with Type 2 Diabetes. While it is not known whether or not Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed, it has been shown that leading a healthy lifestyle will significantly improve your body’s reaction to insulin, regulating your blood sugar better.
Overall, preventing Type 2 Diabetes can be accomplished through healthy living. Maintaining daily physical activity and eating healthy are two of the best ways to prevent diabetes. You will also reap the benefits of a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.