There are nearly 30 million people in the U.S. suffering with diabetes, and in adults, 90% of these diagnoses are type 2 diabetes. While your family history does play a part in your chances of getting a certain disease, type 2 diabetes is completely preventable.
During this National Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re encouraging our community to make changes to their everyday lifestyle to decrease the likelihood of type 2 diabetes. Keep reading for our tips.
Bulk up on fiber and whole grains
Consuming fiber is a great way to naturally regulate your blood sugar levels and lower your risk of heart disease. If you’re having trouble fitting in enough fiber in your diet, try a supplement. There’s plenty on the market and you can easily grab a protein bar, with added fiber, after a workout or take a few gummies in the morning. There’s no excuses to not get enough fiber in your diet.
Whole grains can significantly reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes later in life. Start trading in the more processed, white grains and pastas for whole breads and other whole ready-to-eat grains.
Go see your doctor
Prevention of any disease, including diabetes, starts with awareness. Speak with your physician about your risk factors and consider getting tested to determine if you have any pre-diabetic conditions. Being able to identify these risk factors early on will help you to develop a long term health plan and combat type 2 diabetes. Consider some of the following questions while speaking with your physician.
- What sort of exercise can I safely do right now?
- Should I have my heart checked?
- What foods should I avoid altogether and what foods can I enjoy in moderation?
- If I have a pre-diabetic condition, what are some changes I can make to my lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes?
It’s best to write down questions for your physician beforehand so you don’t forget anything. Ask family members about any diseases that may increase your likelihood of type 2 diabetes, like heart disease or high cholesterol.
Skip out on fad diets
Fad diets that promote fast, but questionable methods of weight loss should be avoided. While weight is a contributing factor to type 2 diabetes, going on “crash” or fad diets will ultimately wreck your metabolism and may make it more difficult to achieve a healthy weight. The goal is to maintain a healthy weight and being thin doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t at risk for diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions.
Want to know more about diabetes and if you may be at risk? Visit this page for more information.
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