Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: September 27, 2012
If you’re overweight or have a family history of Type 2 diabetes, now is the time to make five simple lifestyle changes recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
- Get more physical activity. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, even moderate increases in your activity levels will help you lose weight and lower your blood sugar.
- Increase your dietary fiber. You’ll feel more full, improve blood sugar and lower heart disease risk. High fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts.
- Whole grains = Healthy choices. For breads, pasta and cereals, look for the “whole” story on the package.
- Drop pounds. Pick up prevention. Every pound lost counts toward improved health. In one study, adults reduced diabetes risk by 16 percent for every kilogram (2.2 lbs.) of weight lost.
- Forget fad diets. Low-carb, glycemic index and other fad diets may cut weight at first, but their effectiveness at preventing diabetes is iffy. Food variety, portion control and exercise are still the proven methods to lose weight safely and smartly.
Talk to your doctor about diabetes prevention. He or she will have more suggestions based on your medical history and other key factors.
This material was submitted by Jonathan Burke, MD, Primary Care Physician; Medical Director, Populytics.
Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician.