Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Tips to Keep Diabetes at Bay

These simple steps may be all it takes to stay healthy and stop worrying about sugar problems.

1. Nudge the Scale: Shedding even 3-4 kilos can significantly slash your risk.

2. Pick the Right Appetizer: May we recommend the salad? Even at party time prefer eating greens before a starchy entrée as it may help control your blood sugar levels.

3. Ditch Your Car and walk as much as you can every day. You’ll be healthier—even if you don’t lose any weight

4. Be a Cereal Connoisseur Selecting the right cereal can help you slim down and steady blood sugar. A higher whole grain intake is also linked to lower rates of breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke—and cereal is one of the best sources of these life saving grains.

5. Ditch the Drive-Thru You might get away with an occasional fast-food splurge, but become a regular “fast feeder” and your risk of diabetes skyrockets.

6. Go Veggie More Often Consider meat a treat—not something to eat every day.Those who ate meat at least 5 times a week had a 29% higher risk of type 2 diabetes than those who lived on veggies.

7. Spice Up Your Life Cinnamon may help rein in high blood sugar. Compounds in cinnamon may activate enzymes that stimulate insulin receptors. The sweet spice has also been shown to help lower cholesterol and triglycerides, blood fats that may contribute to diabetes risk.

8. Unwind Every Day Chronic stress can send blood sugar levels soaring. When you’re stressed, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, raising blood sugar levels to prepare you for action. And if your cells are insulin resistant, the sugar builds up in your blood, with nowhere to go—leading to chronically high levels. The good news is, simple relaxation exercises and other stress management moves can help you gain control over blood sugar levels.

9. Get a Perfect Night’s Rest There’s a sleep sweet spot when it comes to preventing diabetes.

10. Keep Good Company Diabetes is more likely to strike those who live alone. Reasons behind are living alone one gets more likely to smoke or consume alcohol and less likely to have healthy dietary habits.

11. Go for regular blood test Many diabetes symptoms are silent. So a simple blood test followed regularly in a period of 3 to 6 months can reveal whether sugar levels put you at risk for the condition. And knowing your blood sugar levels are a little high, you can come on a track to steadying them—with simple diet and exercise changes—before the disease sets in.

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