Reducing The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

by Sean Jordan - Date: 2010-03-11 - Word Count: 406 Share This!

Type 2 diabetes is on the increase. This is largely due to the growing number of the population who are overweight and are inactive, both extremely dangerous conditions which make you more susceptible to contracting diabetes. With the increasing number of obese children, it is a real cause for concern that over the next few years the numbers will grow even more dramatically, and it can cause real health problems in later years. It's time to act now, for your own health and the health of your children.

Being overweight is known to increase your chances of suffering from type 2 diabetes, so by losing weight you can instantly move yourself out of the high risk zone. Even by reducing your weight by as little as 5% - 10% can make a real difference. You need to do this by seriously revising your diet. This is not something to do for a few weeks; it is a real lifestyle change which is needed.

You need to cut out or severely restrict your intake of sugary foods, snacks and drinks, and replace them with healthier options. Processed foods should also be cut out of your diet. A diet which is high in fibre and complex carbohydrates can really help. You should include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in your daily diet, and also increase your intake of grains and beans.

Another way to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes which goes hand in hand with the weight loss and healthy eating is to start regular exercise. This does not have to be strenuous exercise (in fact that would be dangerous if you weren't used to it) but you can gradually increase your exercise as you get fitter. Start by walking for around 30 minutes each day and gradually increase the speed or the distance of your walk. You can easily incorporate this into your daily life and you will start to really enjoy the walk and feel the benefits quite quickly.

Another idea is to join a dancing club, or to start to swim regularly. All of these things can and should be done at your own pace, but gradually your pace will increase as your fitness levels rise and your weight drops. You'll feel fitter, healthier and happier, and increase your chances of being fit and healthy for many more years to come.

It is always advisable to consult your doctor before starting on any exercise program.

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