If you are one who has already developed diabetes, just remember that unlike many other disease processes, you can be in control of your diabetes and decrease the health issues that can occur.
For those of you who have not been diagnosed with diabetes, LISTEN UP! Unlike many diseases, you have the opportunity to potentially prevent your odds of having diabetes in the first place. Although many of us are predisposed to developing diabetes due to our family history, whether it be actual genetics or our inherited lifestyles, how we take care of ourselves may actually be the key to whether we develop diabetes.
Here are some basic tips to help decrease your chances of developing diabetes.
- Eat right! I don't mean you have to go on any crazy diets, but consider eating less processed foods and fast foods. Instead, eat more of those good ole fresh fruits and veggies!
- Eat less! I know, I know. We are programmed as children to "clean your plate." But at some point in our lives we should start listening to our bodies and only eat the half of that sandwich that makes us full and not the other half that puts us over the edge
- Remember junk foods are just that: JUNK! When we eat junk, we gain nothing of value for our bodies; instead, we allow high doses of sugar into our blood. When we have sugar levels that surpass what our bodies actually need or can utilize, that excess sugar hangs out and damages our blood vessels
- Exercise! Exercise not only helps us lose weight and strengthen our bodies, but it also helps our bodies utilize the sugars we intake.
Until next time, keep those sugars down.