While genetics can play a role in developing diabetes, many studies point to the ability of lifestyle changes as a way to beat your “destiny” and reduce your risk of elevated blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. Here’s the story…
By Editor, on September 7th, 2011 A new study has found that each of five healthy lifestyle factors incrementally lowered one’s risk of getting diabetes by an additional 31% to 39% in a large 11-year study of approximately 207000 men and women aged 50 …
…The participants were divided into low-risk and high-risk groups according to their initial self reports on each of five lifestyle factors. The characteristics of the low-risk, healthy lifestyle groups for each of the five factors were:
- Normal Weight — The healthy lifestyle, low-risk group were not overweight or obese, and had a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 25 (for example, a BMI below 25 for a female 5’8″ tall would mean she would weigh 164 pounds or less);
- No Smoking — The healthy lifestyle group had never smoked or had not smoked for 10 years or more;
- Physically Active — The healthy lifestyle group engaged in at least 20 minutes of intense aerobic exercise at least three times per week;
- Healthy Diet — The healthy group ate high fiber diets, with little trans fat or refined or sugar-based carbohydrates, and a high ratio of polyunsaturated (good) to saturated (bad) fats.
- Low or No Alcohol Consumption — The healthy group did not consume alcohol, or consumed it in moderation, meaning one or less drink per day for women and two or less drinks per day for men.
Earlier studies have shown that healthier diet, exercise, and stress management training can help people with diabetes control their high blood sugar and other common features of their condition such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This latest work points out the importance of these types of lifestyle changes for preventing the onset of diabetes in the first place. For people worried about their pre diabetic elevated blood sugar levels, this should be very encouraging news.
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