Diabetes Prevention Tips
1. Get more physical activity: There are many benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you:
- Lose weight
- Lower your blood sugar
- Boost your sensitivity to insulin — which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range
2. Get plenty of fiber: Fiber may help you:
- Reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control
- Lower your risk of heart disease
- Promote weight loss by helping you feel full
Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts.
3. Go for whole grains: Whole grains may reduce your risk of diabetes and help maintain blood sugar levels.
Many foods made from whole grains come ready to eat, including various breads, pasta products and cereals. Look for the word “whole” on the package and among the first few items in the ingredient list.
4. Lose extra weight: If you’re overweight, diabetes prevention may hinge on weight loss. Every pound you lose can improve your health, and you may be surprised by how much.
5. Skip fad diets and just make healthier choices: Low-carb diets or other fad diets may help you lose weight at first. But their effectiveness at preventing diabetes and their long-term effects aren’t known. Instead, simply develop a well balanced and healthy-eating plan.