Can You Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
According to scientific studies millions of American adults are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Maybe you have recently learned that you are one of these individuals who has a high probability of developing this condition. Type 2 diabetes the most common type of diabetes (https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/type2.html). You might be overweight or have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
You may have developed gestational diabetes which develops during pregnancy. Type 2 diabetes can cause other serious conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney, liver, and foot illnesses. Some good news is that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented.
The longer you live with diabetes, the higher your chances are of developing other health conditions. So, delaying diabetes as long as you can will benefit your health in the long run. Some measures you can take to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes is by losing weight, eating a reduced-calorie diet, and exercise.
An additional step is to consult your family doctor about any additional measures you can take such as medications to help delay Type 2 diabetes.
Steps to Help Lower Your Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes
There are quite a few steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Here are some lifestyle habits you can change to help lower your risk:
You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing weight and keeping it off.
Try to get about 30 minutes of exercise daily. Start slow and build up to your goal.
Eat a healthy diet.
Try eating smaller portions to reduce the number of calories each day. Eat foods that are lower in fat is another way to reduce calories. Drink water instead of soda or sweetened drinks.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity is a huge risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
According to the Obesity Action Community,” at all ages, the risk of type 2 diabetes rises with increasing body weight. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is three to seven times higher in those who are affected by obesity than in normal weight adults and is 20 times more likely in those with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 kg/m 2” (https://www.obesityaction.org/community/article-library/obesity-and-type-2-diabetes/).
Talk to your health care provider about what other lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The best chance for preventing type 2 diabetes is by making lifestyle changes that work long term. Losing weight with a healthy diet and exercise can help you prevent type 2 diabetes.
What To Do Next If I Am Diagnosed With Prediabetes
Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. Prediabetes is serious because it increases your chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
The same factors that increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes also increase you at risk for prediabetes. Sometimes prediabetes in referred to as borderline diabetes. About 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/what-is-diabetes/type-2-diabetes). If you have prediabetes, you can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes as mentioned earlier.
How To Lower Your Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes If You Had Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20351193).
Usually, gestational diabetes resolves after childbirth. Even though your gestational diabetes resolves you are still at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Your child also has an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life. Healthy choices can help you and your family from becoming obese or developing diabetes. Involving the entire family in physically active is a great way to reduce the risks of developing type 2 diabetes.
Here is a list of steps you can take for yourself and your child if you had gestational diabetes:
Get tested for diabetes 2-3 months after your baby is born. If your blood sugar is still high, you may have type 2 diabetes. If your blood sugar is normal, you should take precautionary measures to get tested every 3 years to see if you have developed type 2 diabetes.
Be more active and eat a healthy diet in order to get back to a healthy weight.
Breastfeeding will give your child the proper balance of nutrients and it also helps you to burn calories.