In the United States, 1 out of 10 people is diabetic. If more than one of your immediate family members is diabetic, your risk for type 2 diabetes rises—but we are all at some level of risk.
Monitor Your BMI
If your body mass index is above 25 you likely fall into the overweight category, over 30 is obese, and over 40 is morbidly obese. Studies show that diabetic risk increases for obese men from 7.6% to 70% and 74% for women. However, those who are obese can reduce their risk by up to 16% for every 2.2 pounds of weight loss. Being overweight also increases your risk for a long list of health concerns.
Work With A Nutritionist
Physical fitness as well as increasing your daily non-workout movement helps your cells to be more sensitive to insulin—so workout, stretch, walk, and move more throughout the day. However, your daily nutrition is 90% of the weight loss equation. Working with a nutritionist will help you create a sustainable meal plan, opposed to deprivation diets that are often unhealthy, and impossible to sustain. In addition to what you eat, be mindful of the sugar content in your beverages.
These changes can be proactive or reactive and will benefit your whole-body health.