Diabetes is an issue that not only plagues far too many Americans, the number of people who suffer from diabetes is growing in both adults and young adults alike. It’s a frightening thought, especially knowing that, despite being a disease that’s inheritable through family genes, diabetes is preventable through diet and exercise. With that being said, here are some great tips that will not only help prevent diabetes, but will help you down a road towards a healthier lifestyle.
- Cutout the Junk: One way to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes is to avoid the empty calories that come with taking in an abundance of sugar-filled foods. Diet change is incredible difficult, but avoiding sweets and other sugary junk foods is a major key to fighting the battle against diabetes.
- Whole Grain: Things such as bread and pasta are chock full of unnecessary flours and refined sugars, so the next time you go grocery shopping, choose the whole grain options. Whole grain is perceived as being less tasty than regular pastas and breads, but I think you’ll be surprised by how good they actually taste.
- Trans Fat: Trans Fats can lead to obesity as well as greatly increase your risk for heart disease, both of which are major factors in developing type 2 diabetes. So I think it goes without saying that you should avoid Trans Fats at all costs.
- Smaller Portions: It’s difficult not to load your plate up with all that delicious food. That second helping? Well, that’s pretty tempting, too. Portion control is a major factor in obesity, and obesity is a major factor in developing diabetes, so lowering your portions is a must.
- Curb Alcohol Intake: Alcohol contains plenty of empty calories and can also cause high blood sugar, so drinking in moderation is greatly advised. In fact, the key to healthy living is moderation.
- Drink More Water: Constantly drinking beverages that are high in sugar content, such as soft drinks, energy drinks, etc., can greatly increase your blood sugar, so keep it in check by drinking more water. Water gets a bit of a bad rap for being bland, however, if you drink water on a constant basis, you will develop a real taste for it. In fact, I bet you learn to love it, and the health benefits are astronomical!
Making diet changes is tough, but living with a disease such as diabetes is a lot more difficult, so I encourage you to look at your diet and see where you can make changes. It doesn’t have to be overnight. In fact, trying to rush into something can often result in failure, so take things slow and gradually make small changes here and there. Your body and your family will thank you for it!