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American Diabetes Month Back
November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes, especially type 2, affects many people in the United States. There are several easy ways to lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and keep yourself in good overall health.
- Eating healthier will lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Overloading on sugar is very unhealthy and can put you at high risk. It is okay to treat yourself every once in a while, but cutting back on unhealthy foods or consuming smaller portions is key. You can snack on delicious vegetables or fruit instead of eating sweets of junk food. Be sure to also drink a lot of water and to avoid or cut back on other beverages with a lot of sugar.
- Exercise is the key to not only staying fit and healthy, but is a good way to lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Try to exercise a minimum of thirty minutes five days a week. Something as easy as walking is a great example. You can ask your doctor which physical activities are the best for you and your health. You can also alternate between activities so that you never get tired of your fitness routine.
- Maintain a healthy weight. This goes hand in hand with both eating healthy and exercising as they will help you to maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight and keeping it off seem difficult but it has many benefits including lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes. It is also easy! You just need to devote thirty minutes a day to exercising and eat a healthier, portion controlled diet.
Exercise, a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight will go a long way towards lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes. You will feel fit and happy with a lot of energy. The benefits drastically outweigh the cons.