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Diabetes Prevention (Type 2 Diabetes)

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Type 2 diabetes prevention facts

  • While genetics plays an important role in the development of diabetes, an individual still has the ability to influence their health to prevent diabetes.
  • Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are the biggest diabetes risk factors that are controllable.
  • People should watch their weight and exercise on a regular basis to help reverse pre-diabetes, and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
  • Diet is important because it helps with weight loss. Some foods such as nuts in small amounts provide health benefits in blood sugar regulation.
  • There is no single recommended diabetes prevention diet, but following a sound nutrition plan and maintaining a healthy weight are important steps.
  • Exercise is beneficial even without weight loss in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
  • Exercise is even more beneficial with weight loss in the prevention of type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking is harmful in many ways including increasing the risk of cancer and heart disease. It also increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • There are medications available that have been shown in large trials to delay or prevent the onset of overt diabetes. Metformin (Glucophage) is recommended by the American Diabetes Association for prevention of diabetes in high-risk people.
  • The coming years will be very exciting regarding the advances in the field of prevention of diabetes. However, the cornerstone of therapy will likely remain a healthy lifestyle.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/14/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/diabetes_prevention/article.htm

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