90% of the 3 million+ diabetics in the UK suffer from Type 2 diabetes. Unlike Type 1 diabetes that develops early as a result of the body producing no insulin, Type 2 diabetes tends to develop later in life and is caused by cells not reacting to insulin or the body producing insufficient insulin to function.
Factors such as being overweight or inactive increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes but both of these are easily fixed and doing so can help you start leading a healthier lifestyle. You may find yourself quickly feeling more energetic and wondering why you hadn’t been living this way all along! Prevalence of the disease may be increasing at a rapid rate but there are steps you can take to help prevent Type 2 diabetes and some of them are even really fun!
CHANGE YOUR DIET TO PREVENT DIABETES
It’s been suggested that switching to Wholegrains can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, as well as helping to maintain a healthy blood sugar level to control diabetes. It’s a common misconception that a diabetic diet has to be different from a regular diet, but in fact eating more Wholegrains would be of benefit to us all. Wholegrains contain more nutrients and natural fibres than refined grains, which makes them an ideal addition to any healthy eating plan, diabetic or otherwise.
Wholegrain Basmati rice is a great source of fibre and has a low Glycemic Index, which means it slowly releases energy and keeps blood sugar levels stable.
GETTING FIT, THE FUN WAY
Weight gain can be stressful for the body, leading to a release of chemicals that disrupt your metabolic and cardiovascular system. The good news is it’s never too late to start getting into shape. If you don’t want to join a gym, there are plenty of ways to get fit for free and many of them can even be done in your own home. There are lots of fitness videos online, with everything from low intensity yoga to aerobics classes.
Walking is great for those looking for a less strenuous way to be more active. Rather than taking the lift why not take the stairs? Or instead of driving to the supermarket, try walking there? If you’re after something that provides a bit more stimulation there are also websites where you can download maps for city walks – you’ll burn calories and learn about your city in the process.