Over twenty-nine million Americans have diabetes. Don’t be a part of this statistic…reduce your risk.
- Monitor your weight: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of diabetes tremendously. Having extra body fat (especially around the mid-section) causes insulin resistance which is another way of saying Type 2 Diabetes.
- Eat fruits and vegetables: When you eat produce, you rev-up your metabolism and protect against chronic disease. Aim to eat five servings per day (at every meal and every snack).
- Get out and play: Engaging in regular physical activity reduces your risk for diabetes. Go for a walk, play with your kids, hit the gym, or discover a new sport, but the goal is to move. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days per week.
- Know your numbers: Get your blood glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides tested regularly. Be informed and know your risk; see your doctor, today.
- Manage stress: Did you know that stress can increase your risk for diabetes? That’s right. When you are stressed, a hormone called cortisol is released and overtime it will add extra body fat to your body. So, see these stress management tools by clicking here.
Why is preventing diabetes important?
Every day, people with diabetes are constantly regulating blood glucose, food intake, exercise, and much more. Diabetes management is a second job in order to avoid other complications like kidney disease, blindness, limb amputations, heart disease, stroke, and premature death.
But the good news? You can reduce your risk and prevent it. Start today.
For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/prevent.htm