March 26, 2010

5 Ways to Help You and Your Family Stay Diabetes-Free

Filed under: diabetes prevention,obesity — Tags: , — drwatson @ 4:37 pm

As rates of diabetes continue to rise, increasingly in both adults and children, it’s becoming more and more obvious that we need to make important lifestyle changes in order to prevent diabetes from affecting ourselves, as well as the ones we love. In a family setting, making lifestyle changes can often be difficult, if not pocket-pinching. However, in the interest of your family’s health, it’s important to put everything in perspective, because while making changes to your lifestyle may seem daunting, so is the prospect of having to regulate your blood sugar or to help your children to regulate their blood sugar to combat diabetes for the remainder of your life.

5 Ways to Help You and Your Family Stay Diabetes-Free:

  • Eat Healthy – Take a look at the meals you eat on a regular basis. By making sure that you’ve incorporated a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables, you can avoid high blood glucose levels, which may lead to the development of diabetes.
  • Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Routine – About ninety percent of all type two diabetes patients were overweight when they developed diabetes. Exercise is the easiest way to make sure you keep off those extra pounds. If the ideas of becoming physically active makes you apprehensive, start slowly, by taking the stairs at work, or a ten minute walk with your pooch.
  • Research Family History – If your family has a history of diabetes, you are likely more prone to develop it, which may require larger lifestyle changes.
  • Go For A Check-Up – If you are more prone to developing diabetes because of family history or obesity issues, going in to the clinic is the best way to stay on top of your blood sugar levels. If you are over the age of forty-five, you should additionally have your blood sugar levels checked at least once every three years.
  • Involve Your Family – It doesn’t matter how you do it; whether you take your kids to the park every Saturday afternoon or simply add more broccoli to your spouse’s plate, including your family in your lifestyle changes will additionally benefit their lives, and help to prevent them from developing diabetes.

Although making lifestyle changes can be tough for both you and your family, diabetes is a life altering disease that can be prevented, and if you have the power to avoid it, why not make those lifestyle changes?

 

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