Our biggest tips for how to prevent diabetes naturally
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Does having a close relative with type 2 diabetes mean that you will also get it? It is important to know that genetics can set the blueprint for diabetes, but lifestyle largely determines how soon and whether or not you get the disease.
You may get dealt a hand that includes the type 2 diabetes gene. How you play that hand with lifestyle choices can determine whether or not, and how soon it plays out. Yes, you can prevent or delay diabetes naturally with lifestyle.
Impacting millions of people worldwide, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. The disease can affect a person's quality of life. With type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin from the pancreas, and/or there is insulin resistance. This resistance occurs when the mechanism that allows insulin into the body's cells breaks down.
Insulin is vital to our bodies. We cannot live without it because it transports the sugar and starch from food into the body cells for fuel. When diabetes is uncontrolled, the glucose (sugar) builds up in the blood. The body does not like high blood glucose, and a cascade of reactions occurs when the body tries to compensate. This can lead to health complications, including poor blood circulation, vision impairment, and fatigue.
Type 2 diabetes has many risk factors. Some we can change, some we cannot.
Also worth noting, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol (the good type of cholesterol), and high triglycerides (blood fats) are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Strong evidence exists to support the positive impact of a healthy lifestyle preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes progression. The Diabetes Prevention Program studied overweight people who were at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The study showed that losing 5-7% of body weight and becoming more physically active decreased the risk of getting diabetes by 58%. Most people in the study chose to walk 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week. So, a card laid may not be a card played if you are dealt the type 2 diabetes gene. To a large extent, you determine how you play your hand. The tricks to winning the game are being physically active and achieving a healthy body weight.
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