Take steps to keep diabetes out of your futureBy
The term diabetes can be used to describe a host of conditions that include type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Not all forms of diabetes are preventable, but studies show individuals can greatly reduce their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes with healthy lifestyle interventions.
The Learning Center of Diabetes Management and Supplies explains that type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90 – 95 percent of all cases. It used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but, unfortunately, both children and adults develop this kind of diabetes. Many people think of it as the kind of diabetes that does not require insulin. However, about half of people with type 2 diabetes will eventually need insulin. This is because the pancreas produces less and less insulin over time, so it must be injected to meet the body’s needs.
There is good news though: Studies have shown that many people who have pre-diabetes can prevent or slow down the onset of full-blown diabetes by losing weight and adding regular physical activity into their routines.
U.S. News and World Report offers some steps that might help you avoid diabetes. These include properly timed meals, getting more exercise and increasing fiber in your diet.
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