Weight loss. If there is a strong family history of diabetes, to some extent getting diabetes is inevitable. That being said, one can control when one gets it, putting off the disease for many decades. The key to diabetes is controlling weight and diet. Having lower abdominal fat, exercising 5 days a week, eating a diet lower in carbohydrates and richer in vegetables, fiber and the more complex carbs is key.
Yes. There are studies to show that a healthy diet with regular exercise (at least 150 minutes/week of moderately intense aerobic activity) and a >7% weight loss can prevent the progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes. Studies have also shown that a number of medications can prevent this progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes, but lifestyle changes outperform medications.
Yes. Good healthy living goes a long way towards preventing disease. Diet, exercise and nutrition are key. Avoid all refined foods (oils, grain, and sugars), including limiting fruit juices. Maintain a normal body weight, and exercise on a regular basis (i recommend interval training programs). Obtain a nutritional evaluation and start a supplement program. And, have a positive outlook and enjoy life!
Diet/ exercise. The typical answer is eat reasonable diet, avoid obesity and veer toward foods with low glycemic index (fewer simple carbs and more protein and fiber). But the often neglected aspect to preventing diabetes ii is to exercise in a way that builds muscle. If you are continually building muscles throughout your life, they metabolize the sugar much better, often from the adrenaline of the workout!
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