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Reducing your risk of diabetes

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Diabetes is a condition that affects many people around the world, which can put a strain on your health and fitness goals.

Type 1 diabetes is not triggered by any lifestyle factors and there’s nothing you can do to prevent yourself from getting it. However, it is important that if you have this form of diabetes that you enjoy a healthy diet and get enough exercise.

However, even if type 2 diabetes also has some genetic components, you can influence your risk of developing it. There are several measures you can take to try and reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Keep at a healthy weight

Whether you are obese, overweight, underweight or are just looking to maintain a healthy weight, health platforms can help you achieve your goal. Keeping the numbers on the scales in a healthy range can help lower your risk of developing diabetes, as well as a group of other conditions that are closely linked to carrying too much excess weight around with you.

Staying at a healthy weight can prevent conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, and high blood glucose.

Get more active

Introducing activity into your weekly or even daily routine will help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Not only does this help to bring down your weight to a healthy range, but can also but can also help minimise the chance of you developing a stroke, high blood pressure or a heart attack, which all put you at a higher risk of being diagnosed with diabetes.

It is recommended that you do at least two and a half hours of  moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week, such as cycling or fast walking. On top of this, you should also be doing physical activity that improves your muscles at least twice a week.

Nutritious diet

Having a nutritious and well-balanced diet is a great way to prevent type 2 diabetes, while it also helps manage the other form of the condition. This helps ensure that you aren’t eating food that is too high in fat, sugar or salt, which will help you lead a much healthier lifestyle and free of many ailments that are triggered from a bad diet. You should also make sure your meals contain plenty of fresh food and vegetables, and that you are drinking plenty of water.