Think type 2 diabetes is only a risk if you’re overweight? Then you might be surprised to learn that nearly a third of slim adults are at risk for developing this disease. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes often appear slowly, and some people don’t notice any symptoms at all, which makes it all the more dangerous.
1. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day.Regular physical exercise makes you feel better and live longer. It keeps the walls of your arteries flexible, which helps dampen rises in blood pressure, reducing your risk of stroke and atherosclerosis. Walking just a half hour every day will help to control your weight and improve your health.
Whether you’re struggling with diabetes, working to manage your diagnosis or trying to prevent chronic illness in the future, it’s no secret that your diet can play a large role in your overall health. With such a long list of health complications—increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness—preventing diabetes or using your diet to manage risk factors is enormously important.
However, since there’s a lot of conflicting health advice out there, we thought we’d break it down into a simple list of top diet tips you can start making today to help you prevent or manage your diabetes.
The importance of an exercise regimen for patients with Type 2 diabetes is well documented. With the high correlation between obesity and Type 2 diabetes, exercising is often recommended in a treatment plan as part of a lifestyle change intended to help the patient maintain a healthy weight.
But exercise and Type 1 diabetes aren’t nearly as synonymous. Does it hold the same importance as it does for someone with Type 2 diabetes?
To answer this question (and more), here are five things you need to know about exercise and Type 1 diabetes.
Watch TV for a couple of hours or flip through a magazine and you’re likely to see an ad for a Type 2 diabetes medication. While advertising for prescription drugs is not new, there’s good reason for the number of Type 2 diabetes ads you’re seeing: 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, mostly Type 2.
And you can understand why the healthcare industry wants to educate the public because one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. But diabetes isn’t just about monitoring your blood sugar and making smart food and lifestyle choices. There is a lot about the disease that may surprise you.