Type 2 Diabetes – Managing Risk !

 

How can you manage your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes? Many people face an increased risk developing this disease due to family history and lifestyle choices. If someone in your family develops the disease, you are much more likely to get this disease than the general population. Nevertheless, having a risk doesn’t mean you will always develop the disease. You can manage the risk with a few changes in your daily life. Just making a few changes can significantly reduce the chance you get the disease. This includes changes in diet, exercise, and weight.

 

The best diet for someone trying to manage their risk of developing type 2 diabetes is just about the same as the best diet for everyone else. It includes limiting the amounts of sweets and unhealthy fats in your diet. It includes adding more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. It includes adding whole grain and fiber as well. Choosing healthy fats over unhealthy fats is important. Most plant-based proteins provide healthy fats. Meat, poultry, and fish are usually guilty of having unhealthy fats. The good news is fiber is also ideal as it helps regulate how fast the body absorbs food and it gives a fuller feeling faster.

 

Exercise is important for managing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance appears to increase the more sedentary lifestyle you lead. That reverses when you increase the amount of physical activity in your life. Just adding 30 minutes once a day for five days a week will help you manage your risk. It will also help reverse any insulin resistance already in place. It helps combat heart disease and other conditions that those with diabetes face in higher numbers than the general population.

 

Exercise and diet changes will likely lead to losing any excess weight and maintaining an ideal weight. Many people can manage their risk by just losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of their body weight. Even that modest change can significantly lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Another fact is that minimising a potential Diabetes 2 sufferer’s risk of developing the condition is making sure your medico is aware of the risk. Regular screening may detect rising glucose levels early. Your doctor can give you a heads up if you need to do more. Remember, Diabetes will come on silently at first. It is important to move now to manage your risk of developing it.

 

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This post was written by admin on June 12, 2010

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