Prevention

Diabetes Prevention and Management

Diabetes Month is the perfect time for you to RENEW your plan to prevent diabetes or manage it more successfully. Step No. 1 is making sure you get all the reliable information you need to set yourself on a healthy course in the months ahead. We have all the tips, tools and tactics you’ll need to learn to manage your diabetes and prevent further health problems.

 

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How to prevent diabetes

01

Lose extra weight

You may be able to reduce your risk of diabetes by more than half by losing the extra pounds you carry.

Set a weight-loss goal based on your current body weight. Talk to your doctor about reasonable short-term goals and expectations, such as a losing 1 to 2 pounds a week.

02

Be more physically active

Regular physical activity can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boost your sensitivity to insulin which helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range

03

Eat healthy plant foods

Fiber-rich plant foods like many fruits, vegetables and whole grains promote weight by being more filling and energy rich. This helps you avoid “bad carbohydrates” such as white bread and pastries, pasta from white flour, fruit juices, and processed foods that are high in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

04

Eat healthy fats

To help lose and manage weight, your diet should include unsaturated fats, or called "good fats" that promote healthy blood cholesterol levels and good heart and vascular health. Sources of good fats include various oils, nuts and seeds and fish. Try to moderate your intake of saturated fats found in certain dairy products and meats.

05

Skip fad diets and make healthier choices

Fad diets may help you lose weight however little is known about the long-term benefits of these diets or their role in preventing diabetes. Healthy dietary decisions need to include a strategy that you can maintain as a lifelong habit. Making healthy decisions that reflect some of your own preferences for food and traditions may be beneficial for you over time.