If you believe you are at risk for diabetes, you need to take action and do everything you can to reduce your chances of developing this condition. Go over this article for some useful tips on diabetes prevention.
Being more active will help you keep your blood sugar down. You should ideally work out two or three times a week and be active during your daily routine, for instance by walking as much as possible. If you have been inactive for years, you need to take action and find a way to be more active. You could for instance find a new hobby that allows you to be more active or get a dog so you can go for walks everyday.
Fibers and whole grains are good for you. Introduce more foods rich in fibers and whole grains in your diet; you can find fibers in bran cereal, beans, sweet peas, spinach, beets and berries. If you need to add more whole grains to your diet, eat some whole grain bread, whole grain pasta and brown rice. You could for instance cook your favorite pasta dish with some whole grain noodles or make your favorite sandwich on whole grain bread. Take a whole grain or fiber supplement if you need to.
If you are overweight, it is time to go on a diet. Meet with your doctor to assess how much weight you need to lose and get some useful advice. It is important to lose weight in a healthy way. You should not eliminate food groups from your diet or eat less than you should in order to lose weight quickly. Focus on introducing new healthy foods into your diet to replace bad nutritional choices. Eat reasonable portions and follow a strict schedule for your meals. Exercising regularly will also help you keep your weight down.
You need to talk to your relatives about the family’s medical history. If diabetes runs in your family, you will be more likely to develop this condition. Having diabetic relatives does not mean you are going to develop this condition later in life; it means you are more at risk and will probably develop diabetes if you do not keep your weight or cholesterol down, adopt an unhealthy lifestyle or suffer from high blood pressure.
Getting tested for diabetes regularly is the best way to catch the condition early and take action right away to prevent it from getting worse. If you are over 45, you need to get tested for diabetes regularly. You should also get tested often if you are overweight or if diabetes runs in your family. Talk to your doctor about getting tested and find a health insurance that will cover the cost of these tests.
Use these tips to reduce your chances of developing diabetes and encourage other members of your household to do the same thing. You should schedule an appointment with your doctor if you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent diabetes.