If you have a history of type 2 diabetes in your family or you think that your health is headed in the wrong direction for one reason or another, then it’s important to do something about it now. Carry on reading to discover how you can drastically reduce your chances of type 2 diabetes to make for a happier and healthier you.
Change your diet
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but the things that you are putting into your body can either increase or decrease your chances of getting diabetes. Losing some extra pounds (IF you are overweight) is really important but changing the types of food that you are eating is important no matter what your weight is. Keep an eye on your portion size, as a rule of thumb a meal should be about the size of your fist. Experiment in the kitchen and introduce better foods into your diet. You should be eating lots of fruits, vegetables and protein such as chicken, fish, eggs and seeds. Avoid processed/take out food as much as possible although the odd treat is fine.
You should make sure that you are drinking plenty of water, sugary drinks are not recommended. Not only will water fill you up so it will stop you overeating, H20 can do wonders for your overall health. By making the mentioned dietary chances, before very long you will notice a difference to your energy levels AND your waistline. You will be making your body healthier and will be reducing your likelihood of getting serious health conditions including type 2 diabetes.
Get your body moving
Another step in the right direction is to increase the amount of exercise that you do because this can also help to stabilize your blood sugar levels. You do not need to do anything drastic like run a marathon or even join a gym. There are so many workouts that can be done from the comfort of your own home, YouTube has a whole bunch of fun workouts that require no equipment at all. Even a daily walk around your block will make a difference to your general health and will help you lose weight.
Cut down on alcohol
If you are a heavy drinker, you are much more likely to develop diabetes and that has a lot to do with the high sugar content that many alcoholic drinks have. Try and HALF the amount of units you currently drink and then go from there. When you do decide to drink, try and stick with spirits with a low calorie mixer as much as possible. It’s all about healthy balance in your life and that is going to make a difference if you really put the effort in.