How to outsmart type 2 diabetes with healthy habits
If diabetes resides within your genes (or if you have a bit of a sweet tooth), take heed. If nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025 - but don't fret too soon. There are steps you can take to postpone or even reverse the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
Knowing your family history can help you to determine hereditary factors that are useful to be aware of before any issues arise. It can be helpful in determining which tests and screenings are best for you. Screenings are important, because the earlier a disease is caught the earlier it can be treated.
When you have type 2 diabetes, physical activity is an important component of your treatment plan. UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines state that physical activity can reduce your chance of Type 2 diabetes by up to 40%, as well as reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, joint and back pain, depression and dementia.
Read food labels
Sugar-free foods may play a role in your diabetes diet, but remember it is equally important to consider carbohydrates, as well. A sugar-free label means that one serving has less than 0.5 gram of sugar. When you're choosing between standard products and their sugar-free counterparts, compare the food labels. If the sugar-free product has noticeably fewer carbohydrates, the sugar-free product is a better choice.
Make good choices
Managing your diet is important when avoiding diabetes risk complications. Non-starchy vegetables, tomatoes, blueberries, citrus fruits and wild salmon are all foods that are recommended by nutritionists for diabetics. Also drink water with your meals. Water will fill you up faster and prevent you from overeating.