The American Diabetes Association estimates that around 10 percent of the general population and 25 percent of senior citizens suffer from type 2, or adult onset diabetes.
Diabetes when left unchecked can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, skin conditions, and even blindness. However, type 2 diabetes like any lifestyle disease is highly preventable.
The sooner you make this healthy lifestyle changes, the better your chances of lowering your risk for developing this disease. To keep your blood sugar levels healthy, below are some simple tips to keep type 2 diabetes at bay.
Avoid or limit your sugary food or beverages intake. One of the most obvious culprits in raising your blood sugar levels. Replace those sugary drinks/ sodas with fruit juices or even better, water.
Shed some pounds. Every extra pound count, and the sooner you could keep your weight within your recommended levels, the better your chances of lowering your risk for diabetes.
Lower stress levels. Sound mind, sound body. Finding time to relax after a stressful day at work by performing simple exercises or just take some “me” time can lower stress levels.
Keep hydrated. Drinking water is never overrated. With water making up more than three-fourths of our body, keeping our body hydrated is essential. Dehydration causes our body to release stress hormones which in turn raises our blood sugar levels.
Eat less and more frequently. Keep your blood sugar levels within healthy levels by avoiding sudden peaks. Spreading your meals throughout the day means a steady stream of sugar.