When it comes to developing type 2 diabetes, some risk factors can’t be controlled, such as age, ethnicity or family history. Fortunately, the good news is that other risk factors, such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating right and exercising play a big part in helping to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes.
Here are a few ways to help reduce your risk:
- Stay away from foods high in fat, sugar and calories.
- Incorporate more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains into your diet.
- Drink lots of water (and try to avoid sugary beverages like soda or sports drinks).
- Try to find ways to move your body throughout the day, like a walk in the evening. Start slow and talk to your doctor about the right intensity level for you.
- Get support and set specific goals to help make sustainable changes. Don’t try to do everything at once, and don’t try to do it alone – find a walking partner or eat healthy as a family.
For additional resources about type 2 diabetes, click on the links below:
Basic Facts about Diabetes
Tips to Get Active