How walking can prevent diabetes (+ other tips)
There is substantial evidence which tells us that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in almost 60% of cases.
Six ways to prevent diabetes 2
In today’s post, we will be covering six ways you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes – even if you are at risk.
Maintaining a healthy weight
Excess body fat, especially fat around the abdomen increases resistance to insulin which leads to an increase in your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Regular physical activity
Keep the weight off by partaking in routine physical activity. This can look different for everyone. Choose something which suits you and your lifestyle:
- Walking your dog or with a friend around your neighbourhood for 30 minutes each day
- Swimming in the ocean three times a week (changing to the heated pool in winter!)
- Joining a group fitness class or boot camp session
- Lifting weights at the gym (or at home)
Making healthy food choices
There is no such thing as a diabetes preventing diet, just healthy food choices! We make those decisions as easy as possible here at Chef Good buy designing, preparing and delivering healthy food right to your door!
Managing blood pressure
You should be able to adequately regulate your blood pressure by maintaining a healthy weight, partaking in regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. This is something you should check with your doctor though, as in some cases medication will need to be prescribed.
Managing cholesterol levels
Like blood pressure, most people will be able to keep their cholesterol in check by:
- sustaining a healthy weight,
- doing regular physical activity; and
- making healthy food choices.
Smoking increases your chance of having type 2 diabetes so quitting cigarettes is a no-brainer. There is a lot of support out there for those looking to stop, a smart place to start is Quitline.