The complications of diabetes are serious, with heart disease and stroke, hypertension, kidney disease, and complications in pregnancy just to name a few. The following are some tips to help reduce the likelihood of getting diabetes.
Achieve and maintain healthy body weight.
Know your family history. Your chances of developing diabetes later in life increases if you have one or more family members with the disease.
Be physically active – at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days. More activity is required for weight control.
Eat a healthy diet of between three and five servings of fruit and vegetables a day and reduce sugar and saturated fats intake.
Everyone over the age of 45 should schedule a blood glucose measurement test with their doctor every 3 years. However, if there are risk factors present, such as family history or obesity, regular testing should begin at an earlier age.