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Exercise To Prevent Diabetes

Aug 17, 2007
Learning that you have diabetes can be quite scary and even a little alarming. Diabetes means constant monitoring of blood sugar, painful testing many times each day, worries about your health and circulation, and even death if it is not monitored very carefully. However there is good news, a recent study showed that type two diabetes is highly preventable.

Diet and exercise have been recommended by physicians for years as a way to help ward off and even control diabetes. Medical studies have backed this theory up so strongly that one study concluded a year early because of its staggering results.

Eating right means that your body is ingesting less of the fats, preservatives, and other poisons that make work less efficiently. If you are overweight losing a few pounds can also lower your risk of contracting diabetes, and this is important in our modern world where obesity has become very common within children.

It used to be that type two diabetes didn't occur until later in life, and would haunt the golden years of family and friends as their bodies simply got too old for everything to work properly. As time progresses, however, younger and younger people are contracting diabetes. This problem does not just affect middle aged Americans. Young children whose lifestyle habits are unhealthy are beginning to contract this late-life disease. Do not let it happen to you, and especially not to your children. Diet and exercise now can ensure you a better quality of life for years to come.

Even better is the news that you do not have to reach an ideal body weight to benefit from a healthy lifestyle. There is no need to starve, and no need to be running the treadmill for hours at a time. Studies reveal that a lifestyle change as small as eating healthier and walking for a half an hour a day, five days a week can make a significant difference in your health and lower your risk by up to fifty-eight percent. Older people in the studies actually cut their risk the most, bringing it down to around seventy percent.

Preventing diabetes is such an important step that it is amazing that people are not more careful to take these few simple actions for themselves. Relying on modern medicine will not do the trick. Instead, try taking up a fun sport like biking with friends, going on nature hikes, or swimming, walking the neighborhood or to a local park with your spouse or children after supper. Diet changes do not have to be big either. Use lemon instead of butter to add flavor to vegetables. Drink low fat milk and eat products with lower fat content. Have grilled chicken instead of fried or fast food. Drink more water and less soda.

Talking to your doctor and keeping up with his concerns are important. If you are in a high-risk category for diabetes, try to keep your healthcare provider abreast of how your lifestyle changes are progressing. Being honest with your doctor and getting a diagnosis, if your lifestyle changes came too late could save your life.

It's not too late for a lifestyle change, even if you have already been diagnosed with type two Diabetes. Take life into your own hands and get out there and experience it fully. Eat healthier and take a little walk every day, and you could find yourself and your whole family on a path to a healthier and longer life.
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