Diabetes is a very serious disease, and it is affecting more people today than ever before. Lifestyle factors and decisions, entertainment options and work situations mean that people are doing more things that, in the long term, are dangerous to their health and are making them more likely candidates for diabetes. However, there are several steps that you can take to avoid getting type 2 diabetes.
You can’t change your age or your genetic history, of course, but there are aspects of your life you CAN change. The single biggest thing to change in your fight against diabetes is what you put in your mouth. You need to stop eating fast foods, junk foods, fried, greasy, highly processed foods that simply aren’t healthy.
When you go to the supermarket, you should start shopping near the walls, rather than going to the middle of the store. That’s usually the place where you can find the fresh fruits, vegetables and other similar products.
You need to eat a lot more fresh food and resist the urge to toss tins and packets of food in your supermarket trolley, because they are full of preservatives and additives. Try to reduce the amount of carbs, fats and sugars that you are consuming as fast as possible.
Next, look at what you are drinking. Many people love their sodas, artificial fruit juices and alcohol, all of which have loads of sugar in them and are simply unhealthy. Drink plenty of pure, clean water every day. Have a bottle beside you on your work desk, in the car, next to the computer or wherever you are and you’ll soon be drinking more than you could ever believe.
Regular exercise is next on the list if you want to prevent diabetes. Walking for a minimum of 30 minutes each morning before work is a good start. But it’s not enough in the long term. Find ways to incorporate exercise into your life. Whether it’s walking or jogging, using an exercise bike or a real one, a treadmill or even joining a gym, all these things will help you become fitter and healthier and less of a target for diabetes.
Are you carrying extra weight? If so, you’re increasing your risk for diabetes because you’re placing extra strain on your organs merely to perform at a basic level, let alone at peak efficiency. Your pancreas has to work much harder to create enough insulin to control your blood sugars. Lose weight and you’ll find it easier to cope with every other aspect of your life as well.
Don’t smoke or drink alcohol; this way, you will reduce your risk for diabetes, because you won’t be compromising your immune system. You will shorten your lifespan by many years if you “indulge” in these two habits. Is it really worth it?
Reducing your risk of diabetes also helps decrease the potential for other diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and cancer. The reverse is also true, of course.
If you don’t want diabetes, you have to make major, long-term, permanent lifestyle changes. It is all a matter of choice. Choose to be healthy or choose to be sick. It is up to you.