GENERAL PREVENTIVE MEASURES
Healthy lifestyle choices can help maintain your blood sugar level at low risk, bring your blood sugar level back to normal, or at least keep it from rising towards the type 2 diabetes level.
- Make a commitment to managing your risk level of diabetes. Learn all you can about diabetes. Establish a relationship with a diabetes educator, and ask your diabetes treatment team for help when you need it.
- Choose healthy foods: If you’re overweight, losing some of your body weight can make a difference in your blood sugar control. A healthy diet is one with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and legumes, with a limited amount of saturated fat. Avoid red meat and eat more poultry. These three divisions on your plate promote healthy eating:
- One-half: fruit and non-starchy vegetables
- One-quarter: whole grains
- One-quarter: protein-rich foods, such as legumes, fish, or lean meats
- Maintain a healthy weight: Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and healthy eating can help. Losing about 7% of your body weight and exercising at least 150 minutes a week may prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
- Screening for and treatment of modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) are suggested
Schedule an appointment with your health care professional for a proper diagnosis and management of diabetes.
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