Diabetes can be prevented, as many studies have shown. It can be done through lifestyle changes such as healthier diets and increased physical activities. Weight management and physical activity are the true foundation of diabetes prevention. Public awareness of the risk factors is an important step toward diabetes prevention.
Diabetes Type 2 Risk Factors
Obesity is most commonly assessed by measurements of the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is calculated by dividing the weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. Individuals with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are overweight.
While those with a BMI of 30 and above are considered obese.
The risk of developing diabetes increases progressively with the amount of excess weight. 80% of people with diabetes are either overweight or obese. Type2 diabetes is closely linked to obesity and lack of physical exercise.
Being active throughout the day will help you stay healthy, utilize your natural insulin better and burn calories at the same time. Some things you may like to try:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Play actively with the kids
- Carry things upstairs in two trips instead of one
- Park at the far end of the shopping center and walk to the store
- Walk instead of drive whenever possible