Diabetes: How to prevent?

If you want to know how to prevent diabetes, the first step is to identify the risk factors. A family history of diabetes and being overweight are both major risks for getting diabetes. A pregnancy that increased your weight, drinking too much sugar-sweetened soda or fruit juice (more than about four servings a day), and eating a lot of sweets raise risk as well.

The article includes good content which explains the major risks for getting this disease. The blog also goes into detail explaining other causes related to diet, pregnancy, soda intake, candy intake which have been proven links to causes of this disease.

Prevent diabetes

People whose family members have diabetes are at higher risk for developing diabetes themselves. That’s because having diabetes in a family increases your chances of having the disease.

Ok, back to the topic…

How to prevent Diabetes?

  • Make sure to eat regular meals, balanced meals and watch portion sizes
  • Get enough exercise or at least do some type of exercise daily
  • Eat a healthy diet. Limit your intake of sugar and avoid all foods high in fat, salt and/or sugar.
  • Stay away from excessive amount of carbohydrates and fat in the diet. Limit your intake of it to less than 40% of your total daily caloric intake from food
  • Avoid eating rapidly, chewing slowly and avoid snacks between meals. These are not healthy for you.
  • Do not drink too much soda or fruit juice. It is also not good for you to have a lot of sweets in general.
  • Don’t drink milk or milk products daily, if you are lactose intolerant.
  • Consume enough fiber in the diet.
  • If you want to eat a lot, then eat foods which contain a lot of water and fiber. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Be aware that certain conditions such as stress and digestive disorders can affect diabetes. How? One way is by affecting your blood sugar levels
  • Exercising on a regular schedule helps to improve overall health, body weight and reduces the risk of many serious diseases including diabetes because it increases hormones that reduce fat production while at the same time reversing insulin resistance.
Eat proper to prevent diabetes

This is how diabetes can be prevented.

What if Diabetes is in your Heredity?

If you have diabetes in your family, you need to follow the steps above more closely. You should also avoid getting pregnant without consulting your health care provider first. If you are planning to get pregnant within the next year, talk with your health care provider about how to prevent diabetes during pregnancy.

People whose family members have diabetes are at higher risk for developing diabetes themselves. That’s because having diabetes in a family increases your chances of having the disease. You may have an even higher risk, depending on how many relatives had diabetes and how severe their diabetes was.

Other Risk factors for Diabetes

Obesity is also a risk factor for diabetes, so it’s important to work at keeping weight normal or under control.

Also, kidney disease can cause changes in your body that increase your risk of developing diabetes. For example, when you have chronic kidney disease and you take certain medicines, insulin resistance can occur. If this happens, you are at increased risk of developing diabetes.

Likewise, age. As people age, their bodies change in many ways that can raise the chances of getting diabetes. For example, as people get older, their bodies become less sensitive to insulin. The pancreas also produces less insulin as a person ages, and the body becomes less able to use the insulin it makes.

Physical inactivity is also a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and other diseases related to being overweight and being sedentary such as heart disease and stroke.

FAQs about diabetes

How many people have diabetes?

  • It is estimated that 463 million people are living with diabetes all over the world.

How many people will get diabetes?

  • About 1.5 million more people are going to develop diabetes every year worldwide in the next 20 years.

How do I know if I have diabetes?

  • Abnormal glucose levels that come from all of your blood glucose tests results, a Test of Glycated Haemoglobin (A1c), or a random plasma glucose test taken in an emergency room could all indicate that you might have diabetes. The best way to know for sure is to have a fasting plasma glucose test to see if the level is 126 mg/dL or higher (7 mmol/L).

How do I know if I have prediabetes?

  • Having one or more of the risk factors above, or having a glucose test that’s higher than normal but not high enough yet to be called diabetes.

How many people in United States have prediabetes?

  • Approximately 80 million people living in the U.S.A have prediabetes, including about 1/3 of all adults aged 60 years and older, and 90% of those who are age 65 years or older. In addition, studies suggest that Hispanic Americans and African Americans are at higher-than-average risk for prediabetes. Studies also indicate that approximately 50% of those with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

You need to make sure you have a steady and healthy diet to avoid this type of an ailment. If you are having some problems with your health, as well as stress and other things, it is recommended that you visit a doctor to find out the cause and talk about ways that can help prevent diabetes. With proper care, one could reduce their chances of developing diabetes by approx 70%. That would be much more than adequate for such a serious condition.

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