Practical Steps to Diabetes Prevention
Here’s a staggering fact: More than 92% of type 2 diabetes cases could have been prevented through diet and lifestyle. That’s right. You have the power to prevent diabetes. The good news is, even if you’ve been diagnosed with the disease, you can control it. As a bonus, many of the same healthy practices that help prevent and manage diabetes can also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
1. Make Your Move
If you exercise for 30 minutes a day and reduce your caloric intake by 10%, you’re going to lose weight,” says John Corbett, PhD, director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. Losing 7% to 10% of your current weight actually halves your type 2 diabetes risk.
2. Whittle Your Waist
3. Sweet Sleep
4. So Long, Suga'
In a study, women who drank one or more sugar-sweetened drinks a day raised their type 2 risk 83% compared with those who drank fewer than one a month. Solution: Try drinks without added sweeteners, such as 100% fruit juice. Or “grab water instead of a sports drink,” says Dr. Corbett.