Type 2 Diabetes
Certain risks can be modified to cut down the probability of developing diabetes, therefore to some extent this one falls under the ‘preventable’ category.
While fat around waist is a significant risk factor for Type 2 diabetes but other reasons such as genetics, age and ethnicity also play a significant role. A combination of genes and lifestyle influences the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Reduce risks for diabetes type 2
Non-modifiable risk factors
Some risk factors such as age, gender and ethnicity cannot be changed.
Modifiable risk factors
Lifestyle! Up to 80 % of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented & risks can be reduced by 60 % if some basic lifestyle changes are made.
Every kilogram of body weight lost could reduce risk of getting type 2 diabetes by up to 15 %.
Tips to Prevent Diabetes
Do more physical activity
It will make you
- Lose weight
- Lower blood sugar
- Boost sensitivity to insulin
Eat plenty of fibre
It may help you
- Improving blood sugar control
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Promote weight loss by making you feel full
High fibre foods are vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts & seeds.
Eat whole grains
Whole grains may reduce the risk of diabetes and help in maintaining blood sugar levels. Try whole grains breads, pasta products and cereals.
Lose extra weight
Diabetes prevention becomes easier with weight loss. Every kg you lose can improve your health and reduce chances of diabetes.