According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2, or adult onset, diabetes affects around 10% of the general population, and around 25% of American senior citizens. About one-third of these cases remain undiagnosed. Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not manufacture or use insulin properly. Uncontrolled diabetes can result in kidney disease, heart disease, skin complications, and blindness. There are lifestyle changes that can be employed to lower the risk of developing this devastating disease. Read on for changes you can make to keep your body strong, healthy, and at a lower risk of disease.
12. Get Enough Sleep
The benefits of a full night of restorative sleep are often overlooked due to the frenzied pace of life. However, sleep deprivation is a significant risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. A lack of sleep affects hormone levels in your body. When your body is deprived of sleep, it releases more of the stress hormone cortisol into your bloodstream. This allows you to stay awake during the day despite improper amounts of rest, but it also prevents insulin from functioning properly. With less insulin available in your bloodstream, your blood glucose levels are raised. Allow your body to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night.
11. Exercise Your Body
Exercise has many health benefits for your body, including improving circulation, building strong bones and muscles, and strengthening your heart. Additionally, it helps lower blood sugar levels, decreases your blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, and decreases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Keep your body moving throughout the day by interrupting long periods of sitting with getting up to walk around. Use the stairs instead of elevators when possible. Engage in aerobic exercises such as walking or swimming as well as strength training and stretching exercises.