Can You Prevent Diabetes With a Healthy Lifestyle?

download (75)While there is ample information available on how to prevent Type 2 diabetes, it seems as if more attention is given to its treatment. Which means people are not looking to prevent Type 2 diabetes, and this leads to the development of the condition in those who are susceptible to the disease. There is no doubt heredity plays a role, and a strong family history of diabetes is a significant risk factor. But an environment that favors overeating and inactivity are also fueling the worldwide diabetes epidemic.

With a diabetes diagnosis, an individual considers treatment more seriously than he or she ever considered prevention. It’s a shame not enough attention is given to prevention because it’s clearly a better option than to have to treat it. Especially when you consider preventing unstable and high blood sugar readings are not as complicated as many have been led to believe.

Type 2 diabetes is a predictable disease. It’s easy to determine if or when it would likely develop in many adults. By taking an objective measure of one’s health and determining the presence of certain risk factors, the risk of developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes can be readily determined. If the risk is there, preventive measures become an unspoken necessity whether or not the individual cares about their health.

To prevent prediabetes or Type 2, all that is required is the discipline to live a healthy lifestyle. A way of life conducive to better well-being. Physical activity, a proper diet, and weight management are key components that go without saying. But it also pays to avoid…

  • drinking large amounts of alcohol, and
  • to eliminate stress

as much as possible.

With stress, it becomes difficult to control your eating. Your physical activity levels will likely decrease, and your sleep and overall health begin to suffer. Therefore, it’s just as important to monitor the amount of stress in your life, as it is to regulate your eating.

With a healthy lifestyle, diabetes can be thwarted. And not only this: heart and cardiovascular complications, various cancers, and other common diseases can be prevented also.

That said, risk factors won’t suddenly disappear overnight. Just because you begin to exercise and improve your eating plan today, it doesn’t mean your blood sugar will immediately return to a healthy range. But know it’s the sum of small changes that produce significant results. As long as you are consistent, you are guaranteed to succeed.

With consistent discipline, you will be able to prevent Type 2 diabetes and a host of other complications that commonly affect aging adults. Without a doubt, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by investing in your health.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.