Before panic gets in the way, people who are prone to diabetes should familiarise themselves with the disease. This is to avoid negative thoughts entering their heads and so they can think clearly what to do. Having extensive knowledge about the condition cannot only help people to think clearly but can also provide them with whatever options at hand.
If you think that you have greater chances of having diabetes, it is best to know what it is, what are its types, the symptoms to look for, how can it be diagnosed, and the treatments available for you. Knowing all these can help you cope up with the disease and can also help you effectively manage or avoid it.
Veering away from diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic illness, which tends to be more complicated and more severe as time goes by. This is why it is very important not only to people who are prone to it but to everyone to take note of the things that can help them veer away from the condition.
Just like in any condition or illness, veering away from diabetes involves the development of healthy habits. Experts say that those people who have decided to practice healthy habits have lower risks of getting the disease even if they are prone to it. All they need to do is to make changes in their lifestyle including:
1. Diet. As the saying goes, "what you eat is what you are." If you eat healthy foods and have well balanced meals, then you are healthier than those who don’t do it. Experts advise people who are prone to diabetes that if they don’t want to develop this disease they should eat lots of fruits and vegetables especially those that are non-starchy ones like green beans, broccoli, carrots, or spinach. If you are at risk for diabetes, you should whole grain foods such as brown rice and whole-wheat pasta not processed grain products should be your main option. Also take more meals that has fish, leans meats, calorie-free drinks, and the like.
2. Weight issues. A person's weight is also a big factor for people who are prone to diabetes. Experts say that people who are overweight have greater risk for suffering from the disease because they can develop high resistance against insulin. If they don’t have enough supply of insulin because of too much weight—responsible for making cells resistant to glucose—they can eventually develop diabetes.
3. Regular exercise. Many experts believe that people who have regular set of exercise and workout have lesser possibility of developing diabetes this is because it keeps a person fit and away from being obese. People who are at risk with diabetes should take into consideration implementing amongst themselves a routine that involves regular exercise at least once a week. It doesn’t have to be a regular set that could be boring or would take so much of your time such as walk, jogging, swimming, cycling, doing household chores, or hobbies that involve lots of physical movements such as gardening.
4. Eliminate vices. Smoking and drinking alcohol are also among the factors that increase the risk of developing diabetes. This is crucial especially to those who have high risk for type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes because the toxins that enter the body make it harder for immune system to cope up.