Preventing type 2 diabetes is an important step in maintaining good health and avoiding serious complications. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body is unable to properly use and store glucose, a type of sugar that is the body’s main source of energy. It can lead to a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations.
Here are a few tips on how to prevent diabetes:
Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, so maintaining a healthy weight is crucial. This can be achieved through regular exercise and a balanced diet that is low in saturated fats and added sugars
Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by improving your body’s sensitivity to insulin and helping you maintain a healthy weight. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week.
Quit smoking. Smoking is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and can also increase your risk of complications if you already have the condition. If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Monitor your blood sugar. If you have a family history of diabetes or other risk factors, it’s important to have your blood sugar checked regularly. This can help detect diabetes early and allow for prompt treatment.
Manage stress. Stress can trigger the release of hormones that can raise blood sugar levels. Finding ways to manage stress, such as through meditation, yoga, or exercise, can help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
By following these tips and making healthy lifestyle choices, you can lower your risk of developing diabetes and improve your overall health. Remember to always talk to your doctor or healthcare professional if you have any concerns or questions about diabetes or your overall health.
Have you recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and are looking for support? At Diabetes Wellness Australia, we offer individualised, evidence-based programs designed to help you manage and take control of your type 2 diabetes. Book your free assessment to speak to one of our friendly staff today to learn how we can help you.