Have a family history of type 2 diabetes? Make sure you’re not next!
Diabetes is an expensive and limiting disease that is often linked with obesity, family history, and unhealthy lifestyles. While type 1 diabetes usually hits during adolescence and can’t be helped, type 2 diabetes tends to strike in later years and is often preventable. Protect your future with these prevention tips.
- Eat a nutritious diet. Aim for lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Watch how much sugar, sodium, and bad fats you’re ingesting.
- Start exercising regularly. If you’re just starting out, 20 minutes of cardio three times a week will suffice. Build up to an hour, five days a week. Add in some strength training as you progress.
- Watch your weight. If diet and exercise haven’t helped you lose those extra pounds, talk with your doctor. Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
- Check your blood pressure. Hypertension is linked with type 2 diabetes. Talk with your doctor about the best way for you to get your blood pressure under control.
- Consider medication when necessary. If you have an impaired glucose tolerance or other high risk factors, medications may be able to keep you from developing a full blown case of diabetes. Ask your doctor about the right choices for your situation.
Read more about type 2 diabetes and its prevention strategies at our online health library. If you have questions about the symptoms of the disease or need a physician referral to get checked out, contact our Consult-a-NurseĀ® service at 1-866-442-2362 or visit our website.