3 Simple Habits to Prevent Diabetes

 

 

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population had diabetes. Similarly, 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease every year. With the amount suffering of diabetes every year, it is important to understand how you can prevent it. In addition, there are fantastic resources available to help patients receive the best treatment for them. According to the American Diabetes Association, here are the best ways to prevent diabetes:

Have a healthy body weight

Being overweight can drastically increase your chances of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Obesity can also increase your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and stroke. It’s hard to lose weight for some people, but small steps can lead to leaps and bounds. Even losing 10-15 pounds will make a difference. People have successfully lost weight by:

  • eating less calories and fat
  • being more active
  • eating breakfast everyday

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy is the best thing you can do to prevent type 2 diabetes. Although eating healthy has its challenges such as being expensive and sometimes not as flavorful for some people, developing a few habits now will put you on a path to healthy eating. These habits could include:

  • planning your meals before you go grocery shopping
  • avoid shopping in the soda and unhealthy snacks aisle
  • buy whole grain rice and cereals
  • never shop when you are hungry

For more excellent advice on healthier eating, visit the American Diabetes Association’s website.

Be Active

An active lifestyle helps prevent diabetes. Exercise helps reduce high blood pressure and keeps your blood glucose levels on par. Also, spending more time outdoors helps prevent other ills such as depression, anxiety, and stress. A few simple habits can make all the difference:

  • Go to bed early and wake up early, if possible
  • Stretch for 5 minutes when you wake up
  • Walk at least 20 minutes every day
  • Push your limits: Practice sports, go on a hike,  or go on a bike ride at least once a week

Simple daily habits can make all the difference. By taking the time to reconsider your diet, plan your meals, and exercise a little, you might greatly improve your health and avoid the life changing side effects of diabetes.