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Healthy Habits to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes is an acquired disease. Many factors affect the body’s efficiency in absorbing insulin. One common factor could be the body’s inability to absorb blood glucose due to insulin resistance, or both.

Type II Diabetes is common in people who consume excessive carbohydrates or sugar more than what the body needs. Alcoholism, being overweight or obese, and low activity levels are all risk factors in developing diabetes. These factors can change with mindful eating and a healthy, active lifestyle. Here are tips to help avoid type 2 diabetes, or prevent the possible complications it may bring if you already have diabetes;

Eat a healthy balanced diet.  The human body needs approximately 2000 calories per day to maintain its weight. This number can be different in each person depending on age and physical activity. The body needs vitamins, minerals, fibers, and lean protein, from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes, altogether within his daily calorie intake. High-calorie foods with low nutritional levels, abundant in sugars, and solid fats such as cakes, ice creams, bacon, sausages, energy drinks, and sodas should be restricted. It is wise to know about the kinds of food we feed our bodies, and how much of it is considered healthy. An unbalanced diet may result in excessive visceral fats and obesity that increases a person’s risk of having type 2 diabetes. Follow the recommended food portions to avoid having too much of one thing. Here are more detailed food portions for children and adults alike.

Get regular exercise. Physical activity plays an essential role in a person’s overall health and wellness. Getting enough exercise helps reduce insulin resistance and aids in faster and better blood glucose metabolization. It also increases the body’s stamina, improves mental clarity and delays the process of aging. Therefore, the more you exercise, the lower your chances of getting other age-related chronic illnesses like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Regulate your alcohol intake. Alcohol is a substance that keeps the liver busy. Busy enough to stop it from producing blood glucose for hours. Too much consumption of alcohol may drop blood glucose to dangerous levels leading to hypoglycemia in persons with diabetes. Some studies show that a moderate intake of alcohol helps in avoiding heart diseases and reduces bad cholesterol in the body. However, it would be wise to ask a physician about alcohol intake, especially when diabetic.

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