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A 24-year-old female asked:

A recent blood test showed i have mild insulin resistance. what can i do to avoid developing diabetes? i am underweight, do not smoke or drink.

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Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Avoid: Good that you are not overweight. I would suggest some further evaluation to see if you are not a delayed onset of Type 1. Exercise is good as well as decreased intake of sugary foods and white carbohydrates. You can always see a dietist for some tips.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Exercise, low carbs: To some extent diabetes, or the predisposition to develop it are genetic so at some point you may develop diabetes. The best things you can do now are to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet that is low in carbohydrates. Avoid or minimize processed foods, sweets and starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes, pasta. Learn about low glycemic index foods and use them instead of sweets.

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Last updated Mar 1, 2015

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