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6 Ways To Avoid Developing Diabetes

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

 

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Type 2 diabetes is something that affects millions of people all over the world. In fact, as these stats at Lion Health Group show, diabetes is the 7th largest cause of death in the United States. With that in mind, it is essential that we all do everything that we can to avoid getting diabetes.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects people’s blood sugar levels.

But what can you do to stop yourself from developing diabetes? What changes should you make in your lifestyle today?

In this article, we’ll discuss six ways of avoiding developing diabetes. 

1. Reduce Your Sugar and Carb Intake

Since diabetes is related to sugar consumption and the regulation of blood sugar levels, it stands to reason that you should pay attention to the amount of sugar and carbohydrates that you consume.

Eating too many carbohydrate-rich foods may lead to diabetes. This is because carbohydrates turn into sugars in the body. When you have an excess of these and they’re not used up, then they can hang around your body and cause you health problems.

You should be careful not to completely cut out sugars and carbs from your diet, particularly since carbohydrates are your main source of energy and should constitute around half of your calorie intake.
 
2. Exercise Often

One way to reduce the chances of developing diabetes is to exercise often. Exercise increases the sensitivity of insulin in your cells. That means that when you’re exercising, your body produces less insulin to keep your blood sugar under control.
 
3. Drink More Water

By drinking water instead of sweet sodas and soft drinks as your primary source of hydration, will help to reduce the amount of sugar that you’re taking in.

Water is the most natural drink that you can get and is great for making you feel fuller between meals too, meaning you’ll be less prone to snacking.
 
4. Lose Weight

Although not everyone with type 2 diabetes is overweight, many people are. There is a strong link between prediabetes and being overweight. This is particularly true if you’re carrying your weight on your midsection.

Use a mixture of healthy eating and exercise to ensure your weight stays off.
 
5. Watch Your Portion Sizes

If you enjoy large portions of food, your body will have too much sugar to deal with. This will not only lead to you putting on weight, but it could also lead to you developing diabetes.

Cut back and regulate your portion sizes. You may need to do this gradually so that your body can adjust.
 
6. Get Active

If you’re not very active, you may be at risk of developing diabetes. Instead of spending your day not moving, get up and about. Go for a walk. If you have a job that requires you to sit down a lot, find a way of working standing up or move around your workspace as much as possible.





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