At AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY), we know that when it comes to type 2 diabetes—the most common form of diabetes among adults—prevention is the most effective strategy. This is especially true if you know you’re at increased risk due to your family medical history, age, or ethnicity. Beyond hereditary factors, other risks include:
- Obesity or a lack of physical activity
- High blood pressure
- A low level of HDL (“good” cholesterol)
- A high level of triglycerides (fat in your blood)
- Giving birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
Preventing type 2 diabetes means you may have to alter your lifestyle in some way, whether it’s changing your eating habits or improving your exercise routine. By working with our providers, you can develop an effective diabetes prevention plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
Tips for Prevention
Exercise and Physical Activity—Because weight and high blood pressure are added risk factors, finding an exercise routine that works for you is critical to prevention. It’s important to remember that the intensity of your exercise isn’t nearly as important as your consistency. Simple changes like going for walks, biking, playing recreational sports, or even swimming can all have positive impacts on your health.
Developing Healthy Eating Habits—The food you eat has a direct impact on your health and chances of developing type 2 diabetes. It’s important to include lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins in your diet, and to try to make positive changes like drinking water over soda and avoiding processed foods. At ACPNY, your PCP can even refer you to a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), who will help you develop an eating plan that takes your personal and cultural preferences into account.
Avoid Smoking and Limit Alcohol—Unhealthy habits like smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol can have a negative impact on your overall health and increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Cutting smoking and reducing alcohol intake can benefit anyone, but if you’re concerned about developing diabetes, it is absolutely essential.
What You Can Do Now
Making an initial appointment with your PCP to discuss your concerns and get evaluated is a crucial part of the diabetes prevention process. Together, you can decide which changes to your lifestyle will benefit you the most, and you’ll receive guidance, support, and education about the disease you are facing. If you have questions about where to start or what you can do on your own to reduce your risk of diabetes, make an appointment today.