Becoming Proactive

You can dramatically reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by following these guidelines:

  • Turn off the television. If you have a sedentary lifestyle and watch a lot of TV you're at a higher risk of developing the disease. One Harvard study reports a significant connection between television-watching and the risk among men for developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Walk briskly or engage in some physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Eat whole grain breads and cereals instead of refined breads, cereals, and sugars.
  • Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables (other than white potatoes, peas, or corn) each day.
  • Reduce your total fat intake to less than 30 percent of total calories. And choose unsaturated fats over saturated.
  • Beginning at age 45, have your fasting glucose level tested every three years. In fact, do so more often if risk factors are present, or if your fasting blood glucose consistently exceeds 110 mg/dl.

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