We all know that healthy habits for Type 2 diabetes are important, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make the right decisions… Eating healthy, exercise and weight loss (if necessary) are so important for people with diabetes – or those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But how do we actually do it? This article from Accu-Chek outlines a few simple ways.
Healthy habits for Type 2 diabetes
Adopting healthy habits for Type 2 diabetes as a family helps the people you care about stay healthy too. Family meals offer opportunities for modeling healthy eating habits for the whole family. Sharing a meal is a good way to bring people closer together.
Did you know? 80% of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed and even prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.
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How the body works
- When you eat carbohydrates, your body breaks it down and turns it into a sugar called glucose.
- The glucose enters your body cells and gives you energy.
- Excess glucose will be converted to glycogen and stored in your liver and body cells when you need it.
- Eat healthy foods
Choose foods lower in fat and calories and higher in fibre. Focus on fruits, vegetable sand whole grains. Aim for variety and balanced meals to prevent boredom.
- Get more physical activity
Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. Take a brisk walk. Ride your bike. Swim laps. If you can’t fit in a long workout, break it up into smaller sessions spread throughout the day.
- Lose excess weight
Prevent or delay diabetes by losing weight if needed. Even a 5 to 10% loss on your starting weight can make a difference to your health.
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