According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 37 million American adults have diabetes, and 1 in 5 don’t even know they have it. While Type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented, you can take the following steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes:
- Eat a balanced diet. Consume plenty of fiber and whole grains, and understand how the foods you eat affect your blood sugar levels.
- Stay active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. Incorporate both aerobic and resistance training.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight, weight control can be an essential part of diabetes prevention.
In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled. Take control now during American Diabetes Month, and have your blood sugar levels tested by your doctor.