Can Diabetes Be Prevented?

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by JPO Blogger
Explore how diabetes be prevented and what you can do to stay healthy.

Explore how diabetes be prevented and what you can do to stay healthy.

 

After reading through our last blog on diabetes statistics, you may be wondering: what can I do to prevent diabetes for myself and my loved ones? JP&O Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab is here to help!

Unfortunately, diabetes is a disease that can be genetically predisposed for some people. This is known as Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is generally diagnosed among our older population and is related to lifestyle habits. Whether you have a genetic predisposition for diabetes or not, the good news is that you can prevent and/or delay the onset of diabetes by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The Mayo Clinic offers the following tips:

  • Get plenty of physical activity. Regular exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boost your sensitivity to insulin, which helps control blood sugar. Any exercise program can be helpful, but one that includes both aerobic exercise and resistance training will provide the greater benefit. Talk with your doctor for an exercise regime that works best for you.
  • Eat plenty of fiber. Foods high in fiber improve blood sugar control, lower heart diseases risk and promote weight loss. Try incorporating more vegetables into your daily meals for not only additional fiber, but a variety of healthy nutrients.
  • Include whole grains in your diet, which helps control blood sugar. Make the switch to whole grain bread, pasta and brown rice.
  • Lose extra weight – dropping a few extra pounds can substantially reduce diabetes risk. By getting more exercise and eating a more balanced diet, losing weight will become easier and more likely.
  • Skip fad diets and make healthy choices instead. Instead of eliminating entire food groups, think variety and portion control.

JP&O Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab wants to help you and your loved ones to live a long and healthy life. If you have more questions about diabetes or are interested in the services we provide, feel free to contact us today!

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