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How can I Lessen my Risk for Diabetes?

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  • Written By: Sheri Cyprus
  • Edited By: Sara Z. Potter
  • Last Modified Date: 09 May 2018
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Being overweight and sedentary, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol are some of the factors that put people at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. There is also a genetic risk in developing this condition in those with a parent, child or a sibling with it. You can lessen your risk for diabetes by attaining and maintaining a healthy body weight and by eating a balanced diet and exercising daily.

Maintaining a healthy weight and losing weight to reach a healthy body weight greatly reduce the risk of diabetes. Studies have shown that those with pre-diabetes or glucose intolerance greatly lessen their risk of their condition progressing if they maintain a healthy body weight. Proper diet and exercise are essential in keeping a healthy body weight.

Eating small meals throughout the day is often healthier than eating a few large meals daily. Blood sugars are more likely to become unstable in the body when food is not consumed regularly such as every four to six hours. While eating sugar does not cause diabetes, eating too much sugary and starchy food can lead to weight gain and poor health, so better food choices are necessary in lessening the risk factors for this condition.

Poor eating habits such as consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, another risk factor. Those taking medications for high blood pressure should be sure to take them regularly and eat a low sodium diet in order to lessen their risk for diabetes.

High cholesterol has also been associated with diabetes. The types and amounts of fats should be carefully monitored both to prevent weight gain and high cholesterol counts. Daily exercise such as walking briskly can lower your risk for this condition by helping you maintain a proper body weight.

Discussing your risk for diabetes and ways to prevent the disease with your doctor is a good idea. You should also have your doctor's approval for an appropriate exercise and diet plan. You should also notify your doctor if you experience any symptoms such as increased thirst, increased urination, increased hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, slow-healing sores and a tendency to become tired more easily than normal.

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anon10068
Post 2

That is really interesting about diabetes and sleep. Thanks for your comments. I would like to write an article about this!

sputnik
Post 1

Eating small meals often, proves to be an all around good choice for good health. So does regular exercise, and maintenance of regular weight. These facts have been known for some time. This kind of healthy lifestyle is not good only to prevent type 2 diabetes, but is good for all around health.

However, there is one more component, that I don't think was known until some recent studies have been done, and that is sleep. In the study, students volunteers, who were deprived of adequate sleep, only after a short time, something like a week, started to show signs of pre - diabetes.

That was an amazing finding, that lack of sleep has a very negative effect on our bodies and our health. So get 8 hours sleep every night, your body will reward you with good health.

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