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3 Ways to Prevent or Control Diabetes

If you’ve had diabetes for a while, or you’ve just been diagnosed, there are ways to keep it in control with a few lifestyle changes. By developing some healthy habits, you can live an active, healthy life.

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Here are a few simple tips to prevent or control diabetes:

1. Go for a Walk

Type II diabetes (the most common type in the United States) is largely preventable with simple lifestyle changes. A brisk, ten-minute walk every day can go a long way in helping control weight and blood sugar.

Related: 6 Consequences of Diabetes

If you already have diabetes, walking (or participating in any form of exercise) regularly can dramatically improve blood sugar control. Maintaining a healthy weight and eliminating intake of soda and juice can help prevent and treat diabetes. 

2. Watch Less TV

According to this Harvard article, “Every two hours you spend watching TV instead of pursuing something more active increases the chances of developing diabetes by 20%.” So, turn off the TV and get moving! Any amount of exercise is better than none—even five minutes of activity can make a difference.  

3. Monitor Your Blood Sugar

You can’t tell how high your blood sugar is based solely on how you feel. Many people with diabetes who are newly diagnosed mistakenly believe they can feel when their blood sugar is too high or too low.  

Related: What's the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes? 

When your blood sugar is dangerously high or low, you will have symptoms, but it is important to treat your blood sugar consistently, not just when it gets into a dangerous range.  

People with consistently elevated blood sugar often feel fine—but damage to their nerves, kidneys, and retinas may still occur. Check your blood sugar as often as your doctor recommends, not just when you feel poorly. And if you have questions or feel something is amiss, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor.  

While you’re here, check out our other healthy living articles.  

 

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