Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in America. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 20 million Americans had type 2 diabetes in 2012. Unfortunately, the numbers seem to be on the rise. However, unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes isn’t necessarily a lifelong condition. In some cases, you can control type 2 diabetes with diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Taking Care of Yourself—And Your Diabetes
Whether taking care of families, jobs, or various other things, it’s easy to put your health on the back-burner. But ignoring your health and not taking care of yourself is never okay. Living a healthy lifestyle and being invested in your long-term health is a good preventative measure for many disease, including type 2 diabetes.
Below are some preventative tips for curbing the onset of type 2 diabetes:
Not only does being overweight put you at risk for type 2 diabetes, but you’re also putting yourself at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The American Diabetes Association points out that the weight loss doesn’t have to be significant to see significant results—even losing 10-15 pounds can make a big difference.
- Eat Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle
Studies show that eating foods with a low glycemic-index, as well as foods rich in fiber and other important nutrients, may help lower the risk for type 2 diabetes. The ADA also recommends that 30 percent of a person’s daily energy supply should come from fat.
The American Diabetes Association recommends aerobic exercise for 30-minutes a day, five days a week for a total of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week. The ADA also recommends to spread it out throughout the week and to not go more than two days in a row without exercise.
Prevent More Than Type 2 Diabetes
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To learn more about preventative care for type 2 diabetes or any other health issue, call 440-353-3433 or contact Westshore online to make an appointment with one of our Cleveland physicians today.
Dr. Jessica Hone, D.O.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.