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.

 

Take The First Steps to Diabetes Prevention With You 2.0

There are many wellness apps on the market today, but You 2.0 is unique because it is designed to understand how you respond and progress through the APP’s activities and then customizes it for your best results. Additionally, the APP is moderated by health professionals who interact with you to offer education and insight for a better and healthier you.

Want to know more?

HOW IT WORKS

 

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.

STARVING DIABETES

 

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

 

Live Your Best and Healthiest Life With You 2.0 Wellness App

Are you looking to take steps to live a more healthy and happy life? To find out more about You 2.0 Wellness App and how it can help you achieve this goal, call us today at 403-460-69691 or fill in our online contact form.


Share This Post:

Related Posts

Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Call us today at 403-460-6961 or fill out the form below:

Have Questions? Call Us Today At

Call Us