Diabetes: Prevention Is Easier Than Curing

Diabetes has become an epidemic, especially here in America. It is widely accepted that there are three types of diabetes, two of which we will discuss here.

Type 1 diabetes is believed to be a genetic condition in which the pancreas produces little to no insulin. This type of diabetes usually presents itself in people under the age of 20 and those who have type 1 diabetes will generally have it for life. It is commonly treated with insulin therapy and daily exercise.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common; some studies show that it makes up almost 90 percent of all diabetic cases. Type 2 diabetes is considered to be a lifestyle disease in which the body doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't use insulin properly. Type 2 diabetes is typically called adult onset diabetes and it is believed to be caused by from inactivity to diet choices to weight and age.

People suffering from diabetes have a variety of treatment options. These range from specialized diets and medication to insulin therapy and in extreme cases bariatric surgery. The truth is that preventing adult onset diabetes is both simpler and more cost effective than treating it after the fact. Here are 4 easy ways to reduce your chances of getting diabetes, these will also help you manage the disease if you already have it and hopefully prevent more complicated and costly treatments.

Talk to your Physician

One of the first and most important things you can do to keep diabetes at bay is to consult your doctor. Ask them if glucose screening might be something you should look into, especially if you are over 45 or under 45 and sightly overweight. Also your doctor will know if there are other risk factors such as family history and/or a sedentary lifestyle that might need some extra attention.

Lose a little Weight

Just losing one pound can improve your health exponentially. In recent studies subjects who lost minimal amounts of weight reduced their risk of developing diabetes by a little over 50 percent. Losing weight often seems like an ominous task but as we continue with the list you will gain easily applicable suggestions that will help you drop a couple pounds.

Get Active

Adding at least 30 minutes of activity to your day at least 3 days a week can help combat diabetes. While any activity can be sufficient it is recommended that you consult your physician and a health and fitness professional. Together they can guide you to a plan with a mix of both aerobic and resistance training that can have the greatest benefit to your overall health.

Make mindful food choices

There isn't a fad diet out there that can help you in your efforts to prevent diabetes. But there are some simple things you can do to improve your diet and lower your risk of developing the disease. Eat high fiber low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Try to focus on portion control and limit or avoid animal products, refined carbohydrates, and especially sweets.

It is much simpler than we often believe to prevent diabetes. And it is definitely more cost effective than a mountain of medication, insulin treatments, and possible surgery. It is as easy as talking to your doctor, getting a little exercise, and healthy food choices. In the end you will thank yourself for choosing to prevent the disease rather than live with and treat it.


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