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How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

By Sara Butler

Millions of Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that can have some serious health consequences if left untreated. When you develop type 2 diabetes, there's a period of time where your blood sugar is higher than normal levels but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. During this time, there are some things you can do to keep this condition from progressing. Here's what you can do to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Watch Sugar in All Its Forms

Added sugar is something that your body doesn't need but it's found in many places that you may not be aware of and in many forms. Refined and highly processed foods are full of added sugars and refined carbohydrates, which your body breaks down like sugar and can cause a spike in your blood sugar due to how fast they are metabolized.

Studies have shown a link between consumption of added and refined sugars with the development of type 2 diabetes, so the best thing you can do for your health is to avoid them. If you can cut down on these foods and eat more whole foods as a part of your balanced diet, then you can reduce your risk of diabetes too.

Exercise

When you exercise your body is able to use insulin more effectively which makes it a great tool for reducing your risk of diabetes. Studies have found that regular physical activity can help to control blood sugar. Try to work in moderate-intensity exercise as well as strength training most days of the week to reap the benefits of exercise on your blood sugar and prevent diabetes.

Drink More Water

What is the main beverage you drink each day? If it's not water, then that needs to change, especially if you want to avoid diabetes. Other beverages are high in preservatives, sugar, and other ingredients that may not be great for your body. Drinking more water can help you to cut back on other beverages and help to control your blood sugar levels.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Type 2 diabetes is often found in people who are obese or overweight. If you carry excess pounds around your middle, then that increases your risk of developing diabetes even more. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight can cut your risk of diabetes, so work to reach and maintain a healthy weight as a way for you to help manage your blood sugar and insulin levels.

Even if you have prediabetes or diabetes, there are things you can do to improve your condition. Don't give up and work with the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic to help.

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

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