Relatively easy, simple to adapt lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. It is unquestionably better to prevent any illness developing than to have to treat or manage it. There are two underlying causes of Type 2 diabetes…
- one is the development of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means the tissues of the body become less sensitive to the effects of insulin. The result is sugar remains in the blood and does not enter the body’s cells as easily. To lower the blood sugar and allow insulin to do all its required to, an increased amount of insulin is required.
- the second cause of Type 2 diabetes is when insulin cannot be increased to cope with rising demand.
So, insulin resistance or decreased insulin secretion, or both can lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Here are a few tips to help you keep high blood sugar levels at bay. Hopefully, you can apply the following to your life, so you never have to deal with the effects of high and unstable blood sugar…
1. Exercise regularly. Even though regular exercise is hard for many people to fit into their lives, for anyone who can exercise on a regular basis, there are benefits. Physical activity is essential for a healthy life. It is simply not possible to maximize your well-being without physical activity. And if you are already healthy – just imagine how much exercise could improve your health even further.
Exercise will keep you fit, and as well it slows the effects of physiological aging. What more could you ask for?
2. Maintain a healthy weight. To build on physical activity, it is crucial to keep a healthy weight, whether you are trying to prevent diabetes or not. For better or worse, so much depends on your weight. Don’t allow obesity to make it easier for Type 2 diabetes to develop, not to mention put your life at risk.
3. Control your carbohydrate intake. Chances are you eat an overabundance of carbs, which exposes you to high blood sugar levels.
Even if you are exercising on a regular basis, make sure to moderate your intake of carbohydrates.
4. Eat plenty of fiber. If you are not used to eating a lot of fiber, you will be surprised at the difference it makes. Your meals become more filling, and you will find yourself having fewer hunger pangs meaning there will be less overeating.
Increase your intake of vegetables to see the benefits.
5. See your doctor on a regular basis. The last tip for keeping high blood sugar levels at bay is to see your doctor regularly. If you go for blood testing on a regular basis, it is impossible for Type 2 diabetes to strike by surprise. Seeing your doctor routinely will help you keep tabs on your blood sugar so you can calibrate your efforts to ensure Type 2 diabetes does not become a reality.