There are three major types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. All three types of diabetes share the same basic characteristic: the body’s inability either to make or to use insulin.
Millions of Americans are diagnosed with DIABETES every single year. This dangerous disease which affects many of us can be prevented and/or managed properly.
When diabetes runs in the family many people tend to think the odds are against you but having this condition is not necessarily a sentence of death and once you acknowledge that, is time to move forward and learn how to take care of your body better and to learn what your body needs instead of what you want!
Our focus is on the type 2 diabetes, how can people improve or what changes can they make if they think they might get the disease?
Diabetes Type 2 has many risk factors. Definitely genetics is a major one, however lifestyle, diet , obesity and age play a role too. If you are genetically prone to Diabetes I further advice you to continue with a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid Red meat however white meat like chicken and turkey is good.Also try and avoid greasy and oily foods. In case you are overweight , reducing you weight to obtain a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 20-25 would be ideal. Regular exercise has been proven to have a positive effect on Diabetes and you should definitely continue that. Smoking also increases the risk of diabetes so reducing would help too. Another advice would be to check your blood glucose every 6 months to see where the levels are at. I wish you all the best.
A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher defines obesity. Here are some examples of how BMI is used:
- A woman who’s 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds has a BMI of 20.
- A woman who’s 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 180 pounds has a BMI of 30. She would be diagnosed as “obese.”
- A woman who’s 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds has a BMI of 40. She would be diagnosed with “extreme obesity” or as having “clinically severe obesity.”
Always remember to keep a positive attitude about any disease and most like a positive outcome will come your way!