Diabetes Prevention TipsBy Home Security Source Nov 2, 2010 | 10:50:00 amPosted in: DIY Safety, Personal Safety, Senior Safety, Home Security Tips
Nearly 24 million American children and adults are living with diabetes. Many were born with the disease but, for many others, diabetes can be prevented with a few lifestyle changes and education. In honor of American Diabetes Month here are a few tips on preventing type II diabetes.
• See a doctor regularly- If you are at risk for type II diabetes your doctor is your best resource. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to lower your risk.
• Know your risk- Be aware of your family history and tell your doctor if you have a family member with diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are all at a higher risk. Also, men and anyone over the age of 45 have a higher risk of developing type II diabetes.
• Exercise- The National Diabetes Education Program recommends exercising at least five times a week for 30 minutes. Try playing a game of tennis, going dancing, lifting weights or taking a brisk walk in the park.
• Eat healthy- Type II diabetes is caused when the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Without insulin it is difficult for the body to use glucose (sugar) for energy. An excess of glucose in the blood can cause diabetes complications. Avoid spiking your blood sugar by maintaining a healthy diet of foods with whole grains, lots of fruit and vegetables and little refined sugar.
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