No one wants to develop diabetes. If you ask diabetics if they could have done things to prevent having diabetes if they would have done those things, I bet they would all say yes! You can prevent pre-diabetes and you can prevent developing Type 2 diabetes by making healthier eating choices, by exercising everyday, and by paying attention to the signs of pre-diabetes and being tested by your doctor.
To prevent diabetes, increase your activity level gradually until you build up to 30 minutes of activity a day. Lose 10 to 15 pounds (depending on your weight, a 200 pound man should lose 10 to 15 pounds). Eat healthier by following a low-calorie, low-fat diet plan.
Being successful at avoiding Type 2 diabetes means living a longer, healthier life and avoiding complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. There are many motivations for learning how to prevent diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Program found at ndep.nih.gov is waging a campaign called: Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent type 2 diabetes. The campaign’s purpose is to inform Americans that they can prevent Type 2 diabetes by taking small steps. They are informing people that they will reap big rewards by taking these small steps to prevent diabetes.
The campaign message is that even if you have pre-diabetes you can still lose a modest amount of weight and prevent type 2 diabetes. You can lose weight by gradually increasing your physical activity until you are exercising for 30 minutes a day and by eating a diet that is low-calorie and low fat.
There are many exercises that you can do to lose this weight. To start any exercise program it begins with one step. It can be difficult to take that first step if you have been living a sedentary lifestyle but it is never too late to start doing any kind of exercise.
Exercise is any physical activity that gets you up and moving. Exercise can be walking, swimming, playing tennis, or baseball. Physical activity makes you feel better both physically and mentally. There are different types of exercise you can do to prevent diabetes including aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility exercises.
Some people are excellent at putting up barriers for why they can’t exercise including not having the time to exercise, or being too tired to exercise, or not having the right exercise clothes. These barriers can easily be taken down if preventing diabetes is important enough to you to take them down.
If you don’t feel you have the time to exercise then build up the amount of time you spend by starting with just 5 minutes of stretching and then increasing it to 5 minutes of stretching and 5 minutes of jogging in place.
Gradually increase the time and activity until you are physically moving for a period of 30 minutes each day. If you are too tired at the end of a workday to exercise than take time out in the beginning of your day or during breaks at work in order to walk around or climb stairs.
You don’t have to fear not having the right clothes. You can exercise in the comfort of your home in any clothing that makes you feel comfortable - heck in the privacy of your own home you can even exercise in the nude if that pleases you.
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