Diabetes Prevention at Any Age

Diabetes is a life threatening disease that can result in amputations. It occurs when there is too much of a substance called glucose in your blood. Glucose isn’t a bad thing – our bodies need it. But too much of it can harm our bodies and cause serious damage. There are different causes of diabetes. However, for many people it can be prevented. And the steps are quite simple to avoid this condition. It is a matter of educating yourself and learning what’s good for you. It is about making healthy dietary choices and maintaining a regular exercise habit.

Making good dietary choices isn’t too difficult. For example, choose whole grains over foods made with processed grains or flour. Make your sandwiches with whole grain breads or tortillas. And understand the difference between good fats and bad fats. Bad fats (particularly animal fats) clog arteries and raise cholesterol. Good fats, such as those found in nuts and avocados, can actually help boost your energy levels. And remember moderation is important as well. Choose good fats over bad fats. Don’t think you’re going to lose weight and be healthy by giving up fat completely. Balance is essential. This means getting the correct amount of protein, fats, sugars, and carbohydrates for your body type and your activity level.

And here’s another tip: avoid highly processed carbohydrates. In fact, avoid highly processed foods altogether. All of those chemicals and preservatives are not good for you. Many of them may contribute to health and behavior problems. Sure, processed foods might be convenient. But is that convenience factor really worth a potential risk to your health? Eat minimally processed foods and get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Along with eating right, healthy exercise 5 days a week is very important. Quit smoking and start some type of physical activity – even if its just walking around the block after work or on your lunch break. Go for a bike ride on the weekends. Try yoga. Do what you have to do to get moving and then stay moving. Many overweight people are told they are diabetic due to the extra weight. A small difference, such as a weight loss 5-7 percent of total body weight, can make a big impact on your overall health.

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