Having diabetes is like being shackled for the rest of your life, a burdensome disease that currently has no cure. And with a fast-paced lifestyle, we seem to overlook that the things we love to do are actually the ones that put us closer into getting Type 2 Diabetes. Remember that unlike Type 1 Diabetes, you are not born with a Type 2 Diabetes, but you can be inflicted with it.
A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health statede that most new cases of diabetes among those over 65 years of age could have been prevented with simple lifestyle changes. Here are some ways that you can do to lowering your chances from having Type 2 Diabetes.
It is better to do some amount of physical activity than nothing at all. You do not need to have a gym membership, as there are a lot of good exercise resources on the Internet to help you perform simple exercises, using simple equipment, right at the comfort of your home.
Dieting does not have to be a chore. All you need is to eat moderate amounts of fiber and healthy fat (such as omega-3 fatty acids) in your daily meals. Limit, or even avoid, your consumption of processed foods and sugary sweets.
Do not even think of starting to smoke, as cigarette smoking has been linked to increased risk of diabetes. If you have been a smoker, it is better to quit as early as possible. There are a lot of options for smokers to quit from nicotine patches, gums, tobacco-free cigarettes among others.
Limit your alcohol
Alcohol, especially from wine, has its benefits in your body. However, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. It is best to limit your alcohol intake to less than two glasses a day.
Control your body fat
Did you know that the fat around your belly actually increases your chances of having diabetes? Not only you should exercise to lose weight, but also to put your Body Mass Index within normal range and have a healthy waist-to-hip ratio.