5 Simple Steps to Prevent 9 out of 10 Cases of Type 2 Diabetes

Recent research in Archives of Internal Medicine shows that 5 simple lifestyle factors cause 89% of all cases of type 2 diabetes in adults.  Here they are:

  1. Regular physical activity
  2. Don’t smoke
  3. Eat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains)
  4. Drink a small amount of alcohol
  5. Maintain a healthy weight (body mass index at 25 or less)
Several things are striking about these results;
  • Diabetes is the third most common cause of death in the United States
  • 89% effectiveness prevention of the is very powerful
  • All of these measures that are shown to be effective for type 2 diabetes are also effective prevention for cardiovascular disease – the number one cause of death in the United States
If doing these five things seem overwhelming, consider doing just one to get started.  Increasing exercise is usually a good place to start.
For more support on making healthy change, check out my podcast entitled “Making a Change” at iTunes or in your web browser.
Be Well,
Richard
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