4 Ways to Prevent Diabetes in Your Family

March 28, 2017

 

In honor of American Diabetes Association Alert Day, here are four ways to prevent diabetes in your family — including one you can do right now, in less than a minute!"

According to the CDC, nearly one out of every 10 Americans lives with diabetes. If that's not scary enough, more than two out of every 10 Americans are living with pre-diabetes, which greatly increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious diseases. In honor of American Diabetes Association Alert Day, here are four ways to prevent diabetes in your family — including one you can do right now, in less than a minute!

1. Take a 60-Second Risk Test. Click here to take a free, anonymous Diabetes Risk Test from the American Diabetes Association.

2. Eat Smarter. Overeating is a big contributor to developing Type 2 diabetes. Have the kids listen to the radio or music while eating instead of watching a screen, because people tend to eat more while watching TV. Trick your brain into thinking you're full by drinking a glass of water before a meal. Eat slowly, as the brain takes 20 minutes to receive the “full” signal from the stomach. Eat more fruits and vegetables and snack on them between meals.

3. Get Active. Regular physical activity is crucial, especially for those who have diabetes or are at risk of developing it. Being overweight is the most common factor in type 2 diabetes. Cardio goes a long way toward lowering your risk of diabetes, including jogging, swimming and dancing. Strength training, like lifting weights, and regular stretching are other types of exercise that can help.

4. Find a Support Network. Having a group of friends or family to lean on can help you get healthier. Having someone from your support network to exercise with can improve your health by keeping you motivated to keep working at a better and healthier life. You can be the support network your parents, kids, or friends need, too. Make yourself available to them as a resource by staying informed about the risk factors and preventative steps to avoid diabetes.