Resolve to Prevent or Delay Type 2 Diabetes

When your glucose levels are above normal this can lead to diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (sugar) for energy.

Resolve to Prevent or Delay Type 2 DiabetesEven though we are almost half way through 2014 and those New Year Resolutions you set for yourself back in January, you can still resolve to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes.

You can make a difference today by becoming more physically active, lowering your stress levels, eating clean, and losing a little weight.

What are Diabetes and Prediabetes?
When your glucose levels are above normal this can lead to diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (sugar) for energy.

Next to your stomach is your pancreas, it makes insulin and insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your body’s cells. When you have diabetetes, this natural function is not working to the best of its ability and is indicated by high blood sugar in the body.

Prediabetes means you have elevated blood sugar, higher than normal, but not quite high enough to receive a diagnosis of diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Constrol says, “Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.”

How Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Prevented?
“Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people with prediabetes. Modest weight loss means 5% to 7% of body weight, which is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Getting at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity, such as brisk walking, also is important.”

Many factors increase your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, including:
-Being 45 years of age or older.
-Being overweight.
-Having a parent with diabetes.
-Having a sister or brother with diabetes.
-Having a family background that is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander.
-Having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), or giving birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
-Being physically active less than three times a week.

Since early treatment can prevent serious problems that diabetes can cause, such as loss of eyesight or kidney damage, you still have time to modify your lifestyle and daily behaviors and end the year 2014 healthy, and ready to start fresh in 2015!

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