6 Ways You Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike Type 1, Type 2 dia­betes can be pre­vent­ed or delayed if you choose to live a healthy lifestyle. Below is a list of fun, smart ways to help pre­vent Type 2 diabetes.

1. Eat smart

By con­trol­ling por­tion sizes, you can eat your way to bet­ter health. Instead of using a din­ner plate, try using a sal­ad or lun­cheon plate; this will help make less food look like more. In addi­tion, you can use child-size uten­sils to help take small­er bites and slow your eat­ing. It takes about 20 min­utes for your stom­ach to sig­nal your brain that you are full. Eat­ing slow­er will help stop you from overeating.

2. Get moving

Being active each day will help you stay at a healthy weight and help pre­vent Type 2 dia­betes. You can get cre­ative, too! Try tak­ing the stairs at work, park fur­ther from the door, take a walk with a friend to catch up instead of over the phone or dance to music with your kids or while you do house­work. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are endless. 

3. Make good choic­es and strive for balance 

Increase your veg­etable intake and reduce fat­ty, salty, and high-calo­rie foods. Keep fruits and veg­eta­bles around for a healthy snack. Assess each meal to see if it includes a bal­ance of starchy carbs + fruit or veg­eta­bles + pro­tein from fish/​poultry/​seafood, beans, or dairy.

4. Cook intelligently 

Cook with less but­ter and oil. Avoid snack­ing while mak­ing a meal. Rather than using salt, try incor­po­rat­ing dif­fer­ent herbs and spices while you cook for a change of pace.

5. Drink up

Increase your water intake and lim­it sug­ary drinks such as soda, sports drinks, and whole milk. 

6. Take a breather

Last­ly, don’t for­get to relax. Pam­per your­self by read­ing a book, tak­ing a long bath or lis­ten­ing to your favorite music.