Type 2 diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person’s body either stops producing adequate amounts of insulin, or the body does not consume insulin properly. Stress, poor dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle are common causes of this incurable, but easily preventable condition – yet the number of people with type 2 diabetes is growing and it is now officially recognised as a global epidemic by the World Health Organization.
In more than 90% of cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented by making simple changes to lifestyle and eating habits. These changes can also help in controlling the symptoms in people who have already developed diabetes.
Let’s have a look at top 10 proven ways that can help you prevent and control type 2 diabetes.
#1 – Exercise For 30 Minutes Every Day
Exercise is the golden mantra to prevent or manage a variety of health issues, including type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program or DPP says that people who exercise regularly reduce their chances of developing diabetes by almost 58%.
How much exercise must you get to keep diabetes at bay? Not much, just 30 minutes 5 times a week. This will not only help you get rid of unwanted body fat, but also lower your blood sugar and boost your body’s sensitivity to insulin.
You don’t have to follow any high-intensity workout regime to get the benefits. A 30-minute post lunch walk or a 30-minute mild workout session at a local gym or walking your dog around the block 3 times a day will sufficiently reduce your risk.