4 Simple Tips to Help Lower Your Risk of Diabetes

Are you at risk for developing diabetes? Making certain changes to your lifestyle can be a huge step towards diabetes prevention - and it’s never too late to start!

When your blood sugar levels are uncontrolled, it could develop into diabetes over a period of time. Diabetes affects your body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that allows your body to turn sugar into energy. Some of the dangerous side effects of diabetes include:

  • Gum disease and infection
  • Vision problems, such as an increased risk of glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.
  • Heart disease and kidney problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Neuropathy or nerve damage

Blood sugar is an often-underestimated component of your health, which is why you must take a more proactive approach towards diabetes prevention.


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4 First Steps Towards Diabetes Prevention

When it comes to Type 2 diabetes - the most common type of diabetes - prevention is very important. It’s especially critical to make diabetes prevention a priority if you’re at an increased risk for this disease.

To help you live a healthier and happier life, here are 4 first steps you can take towards diabetes prevention:

1. Lose The Extra Weight

Excess body fat, particularly if stored around the abdomen can increase your body’s resistance to the hormone insulin, which can then lead to type 2 diabetes. In fact, research has shown that you can prevent or delay diabetes by losing just 5-7% of your starting weight.

2. Increase Your Physical Activity

Physical activity isn’t just important for diabetes prevention - it has many more benefits and can help you:

  • Shed pounds
  • Lower your blood sugar
  • Boost your sensitivity to insulin
  • Lower your risk of a heart attack
  • Enhance your mood

Research has shown that both aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes. Talk to your doctor or a personal trainer about embarking on a fitness program that includes both.



3. See Your Doctor

One of the important steps you can take in diabetes prevention and/or management is by going for a blood glucose screening. This is especially recommended for patients who:

  • Are above the age of 45
  • Are overweight
  • Have one of the additional risk factors for diabetes, such as family history of the disease, a personal history of prediabetes, or an inactive lifestyle.

After the age of 45 years old, it’s important to do a screening at least once every 3 years. Why? There are often no early symptoms with type 2 diabetes so screenings will help you avoid the more serious complications of this disease, such as long-term damage of the eyes, kidney, nerves, and heart.

4. Change Your Lifestyle Habits

Changing certain lifestyle habits can go a long way in preventing diabetes. Some of the things you may want to keep in mind include:

  • Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet.
  • Limiting takeaway and processed foods
  • Reducing the amount of saturated and trans fats in your diet.
  • Limiting your alcohol intake.
  • Quit smoking.

In addition, you may want to consider adding more fibre to your diet. Fibre, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, may help:

  • Reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Promote weight loss by helping you feel full


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