If you have a family history or other risk factors for diabetes or if you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, these healthy living tips can prevent or delay the onset of the disease. If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, these same tips can slow the progression.
Many studies show that lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating healthy and increasing physical activity, can dramatically reduce the progression of Type 2 diabetes and may control Type 1 diabetes. These lifestyle changes can also help minimize other risk factors such as high blood pressure and blood cholesterol, which can have a negative impact on people with diabetes.
In many instances, lifestyle changes must be accompanied by medications to control blood glucose levels, high blood pressure and cholesterol. This complementary regimen may also prevent heart attack and stroke.
Diabetes can be successfully managed. Work with your health care team to set personal goals. And be sure to monitor your critical health numbers, including your:
- Blood sugar level
- Blood cholesterol level
- Blood pressure
Taking these steps may also help prevent serious complications that can arise from diabetes.
Last Reviewed: Aug 30, 2015