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Worried About Diabetes? Use These Tips to Lower Risk

By Genevieve Cunningham

Diabetes is an extremely prominent disease in our modern world. Some attribute this condition to our lifestyle. Others attribute the growing number to proper diagnosis. It's hard to say for sure what's really caused the rise in diabetic patients. But it's true that more people than ever have found themselves facing the disease. And others have found themselves in danger of battling it -- those who are considered prediabetic. For the latter group, there may be legitimate ways to keep the disease at bay and manage your health before it's too late. If you've found yourself in a prediabetic state, take a look at these tips that can help you get back in fighting shape.

Get Active

Doctors agree that activity is good for everyone, and this definitely includes diabetics and prediabetics. Exercise helps to lower blood sugar, which can be especially beneficial after a meal. It can also help to lower body fat percentage, which doctors suspect plays a part in the development of some cases of diabetes. If you'd like to keep diabetes away, working out pushes you in the right direction.

Lose Weight

Many who are in the prediabetic category are carrying around extra weight. In fact, many are technically considered obese. Doctors agree that losing weight often slows down the progression of diabetes, and in some cases prevents it altogether. For some patients. Losing weight reverses the condition so much that medication is no longer necessary. And it doesn't hurt that losing weight has an overall positive impact on wellness. If you're looking to improve health, maintaining optimal body weight certainly can't hurt.

Go Low Carb

If you're prediabetic, you might be tempted to cut out all sugar, and this isn't really a bad idea. Cutting back on sugar can help your body manage it more easily. But it's also important to cut back on carbohydrates. Carbs are converted to sugar in the body, and this causes a spike in blood sugar that diabetics are unable to handle. You don't have to go sugar-free or carb-free, but being smart about your food choices will go a really long way.

Not all prediabetics will be successful in warding off the disease. Some people are born diabetic. Others develop it no matter what you've done for prevention. It's an interesting and complicated disease. But keeping yourself in good health certainly can't hurt! Use these tips to manage your health, and you may be able to keep your body in the best condition possible for you. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lafayette, La.

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