Changing your lifestyle could be a big step toward diabetes prevention-and it’s never too late to start. Consider these tips:
When it comes to type 2 diabetes, (the most common type), prevention is the key.
Diabetes prevention is as basic as eating more healthfully, moving more, and losing a few extra pounds. It’s never too late to start! Making a few simple changes in your lifestyle now may help avoid serious health consequences in the future.
Exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar, and boost your sensitivity to insulin.
Research shows that aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes. The best benefits come from a program that includes both.
Fiber can help you reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control, lower your risk of heart disease, and promote healthy weight by making you feel full.
It’s not clear why, but studies show that whole grains may reduce your risk of diabetes and help maintain blood sugar levels. Try to make at least half your grains whole grains.
The American Diabetes Association recommends blood glucose screening if:
- You are over 45
- You are overweight and have additional risk factors, such as a family history
- You lead an inactive lifestyle.