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Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the amount of sugar in the blood is too high. Insulin is the main hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. When a person has diabetes, the insulin the body makes isn’t quite up to scratch and so it doesn’t work properly. Left untreated, diabetes is responsible for a whole host of nasties, including kidney disease, vision problems and much more often – heart disease.
There’s good news and bad news about type 2 diabetes. The bad news? It’s striking people at younger and younger ages. The good news? It’s highly preventable.
There are 3 key lifestyle changes you can start implementing to reduce your chances of developing diabetes (oh, and by the way, there’s no better time to start than right now!)
Step 1: Put exercise first and TV last. For every 2 hours you spend watching people exercising on TV, you increase your risk of diabetes by 14%, so trade some sit time for fit time.
Step 2: Eat a well balanced diet and ditch the junk. Refined carbohydrates and sugary drinks are a one way street to “unhealthy”. Rather up your intake of fresh fruit and veggies, lean proteins and whole grains.
Step 3: Keep your weight in check. And how best do you do this? By following steps 1 and 2! If you are already overweight, simply by losing a few extra kilos, you will significantly lower your risk.
Improve your lifestyle and eating habits and you won’t just reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but you’ll be healthier overall.