Let’s talk about Type 2 Diabetes
There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and 2. Type 1 is genetic and typically appears before an individual is 20 years old. Type 2 has gradual symptoms and an onset at around the age of 30.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and type 2 accounts for 80-90% of all cases of diabetes.
Lifestyle plays a large role in type 2 diabetes. Here are some proactive choices you can make to reduce your chances of developing this chronic condition.
1) Focus on the things you can change, like your diet and how active you are. Lose weight. You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5% of your current weight.
It is estimated that the chance to develop diabetes doubles for every 20% increase over desirable body weight.
2) Get moving. Move more. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week. Start slowly and build up to your goal. Your body and mind will thank you!
3) Eat healthy foods. Eat smaller portions, choose foods with less fat, and drink water instead of sweetened beverages. It’s important to remember that when we eat carbohydrates our insulin and glucose spikes more quickly than when we eat protein, and fat has a steadier influence on our system.
Fresh vegetables, and protein are an excellent way to fuel your body!
4) Don’t dwell on the things you can’t do anything about, like your age or your family’s medical history.
It is expected that 120 million Americans have type 2 diabetes.
In a study, being overweight was the most important thing that predicted who would get diabetes. Regular exercise, 5 days a week, and a low-fat, high fibre diet helped prevent it.
You can prevent progressing to diabetes by taking care of yourself today!