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3 tips for diabetes prevention

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In adults, type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average age of onset is 45-years-old. Often, many cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Here are three tips for diabetes prevention Elderwerks Educational Services wants you to know:

1. Get active

Exercise can help lower blood sugar and boost sensitivity to insulin. The CDC recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day, five days a week. Whether that’s taking regular walks around the block or going for a run, staying active can go a long way in helping to manage diabetes.

2. Lose weight

Being overweight can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It can also lead to unhealthy cholesterol and high blood pressure, among other conditions. But take heart: losing a small amount of weight if you’re overweight — around 5% to 7% of your body weight, or roughly 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person — and getting regular physical activity can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the CDC. To that end, consider reducing portions and making healthy food choices. Diets which are especially high in fats and sugars can increase a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

3. Bring on the fiber

Fiber can be especially helpful for people trying to lose weight and prevent type 2 diabetes, according to the CDC. Dietary fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, is found in fruits, vegetables, and grains.

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, losing weight, eating better and getting active can be the most important steps you can take.

Elderwerks Educational Services : 251 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067: 855.462.0100 : https://www.elderwerks.org/

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