Personal training expert Callum Melly explains how you can lower your chances…
When it comes to reducing your potential of developing type 2 diabetes, the first thing to do is check your risk, which is often a result of the lifestyle you lead. If your current lifestyle puts you at high risk of developing the disease, I would recommend seeking medical and lifestyle-changing advice from your GP.
Managing your weight is essential because excess abdominal body fat can increase your body’s resistance to the hormone insulin that is responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. Therefore, having excess body fat can result in type 2 diabetes. If you’re carrying extra lbs, especially around your middle, now’s the time to address it.
Cut the junk
Processed meals and junk food are often high in saturated fat, which can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Monitor your saturated fat intake by cooking and eating a balanced, healthy and nutritious diet – and limit those trips to the takeaway.
Exercise is essential for managing your weight and reducing blood glucose levels. I would highly recommend exercise-based activity 3-5 times a week to help you do this.
Quit the smokes
If you smoke, your are at twice the risk of developing diabetes as a non-smoker. Struggling to kick the habit? Talk to your GP about effective ways to help you stop. You can also visit www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking for practical steps on how to quit.