Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in today’s society. Being told you have developed it, or that you are pre-diabetic, can be a frightening wake-up call, and one we all hope never to receive. But type 2 diabetes is preventable and, if you are pre-diabetic you can often reverse your condition. Sometimes you can even reverse fully developed type 2 diabetes if you dedicate yourself to the preventative measures outlined in this article.
Diet is a huge factor in type 2 diabetes. A healthy diet can make all the difference in the world, not only because being overweight is a risk factor but also because you don’t mess up your body’s ability to produce insulin. Take it easy on white flours and carbs, and try not to go crazy for sugars. Fruit and vegetables are okay, of course, but you want to keep to a healthy regimen that allows your body a full complement of nutrients on a daily basis.
If your current diet is quite unhealthy, you may find it works best if you make the change slowly and don’t expect yourself to go from zero to one hundred percent healthy right from day one. A realistic diet is easier to stick to, and you can plan the changes you need to make so you can tackle your diet one day at a time. Some supermarkets sell healthy ready meals, which may help you make changes even if you’re too busy to cook meals from scratch all the time.
Exercising is another method of helping to prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. By increasing your cardiovascular health, this can also help to prepare your body to recover from any damage done by diabetes if you do end up developing it at some point down the line. Just remember to take it slow and not expect too much of yourself at first; you’ll be more likely to stick to a realistic plan. A personal trainer at your local gym may well be able to help you figure out where you want to be, and how to get there.
It may seem dull or boring to eat a healthy diet and exercise enough at all times, but if you remember what you’re working towards, you can stay motivated. Additionally, you will be able to reap some amazing fringe benefits centred on the way you feel on a daily basis, and you will be able to decrease your risk of other conditions such as cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
Making a change in your lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes or even reverse the course of the disease or a pre-diabetic condition can sound like a lot of hard work, but by making the right choices you can improve your life – and your lifespan.