Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Type 2 diabetes prevention is definitely an achievable goal because type 2 diabetes is often the result of things that you can change like a less than ideal diet, limited education about the powerful effect that different foods can have on your health, and/or limited daily activity. Well, knowledge is power! So, the exciting news is that with the right information, type 2 diabetes prevention is indeed within your power to achieve!
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that individuals with prediabetes make lasting lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes. They go on further to suggest that these individuals join a group for type 2 diabetes prevention. Some additional things recommended by the CDC include:
- working with a lifestyle-change coach
- learning how to eat healthy and include more activity into your daily routine
- figuring out how to solve problems that can slow down your progress
As you can see, type 2 diabetes prevention is achieved by a combination of three main things including your daily diet, regular exercise, and your personal motivation to learn more about preventing type 2 diabetes.
1. Low Carb Diet
A low carb diet is currently the best type 2 diabetes prevention method. A good low carb diet will ultimately help you lose weight while lowering your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Therefore, as recommended by the CDC, Low Carb Diet Life recommend that prediabetics take the time to learn how to “eat healthy, lose weight, and feel good” in our 30-Day Low Carb Diet Weight Loss Challenge for Beginners. In this program we help you resolve problems that can slow down your progress. In addition to helping you learn how to start a low carb diet, you will receive basic nutrition education, low carb diet recipes, and support from a community of like-minded people.
2. Daily Exercise
Including daily exercise in your diet is a second type 2 diabetes prevention method. Daily exercise can help lower blood sugar levels by using excess calories for energy. However, if your daily diet is still filled with sugar or carbohydrates, type 2 diabetes prevention becomes more of a gamble. Therefore, while some daily exercise is beneficial and important in type 2 diabetes prevention, do not assume that you can just exercise and eat whatever you want.
A Harvard research study suggest that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of getting diabetes. Interestingly, researchers are unclear about how coffee can reduce a person’s risk of getting diabetes. However, one factor not considered is the fact that a cup of coffee can provide an increase in energy making a sedentary person become more active.
Another interesting study says that people with type 2 diabetes are often vitamin D deficient, a vitamin that is naturally produced in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight. This one is a double-whammy because (1) active people tend to spend more time outdoors than a sedentary person and (2) vitamin D help produce hormones used to regulate blood sugar levels.  This is just one clear example of how diet and exercise are important factors for type 2 diabetes prevention.
3. Personal Motivation
And last, but certainly not least, motivation is a crucial piece of the puzzle. The fact that you are reading this indicates that you are motivated to implement some type 2 diabetes prevention methods. So, a congratulations is in order! Knowledge is power, but without the right motivation, it does very little good to just know type 2 diabetes prevention methods, without taking any action.