Diabetes affects many more people than you think. In the United Kingdom alone, diabetes leads to over 20 thousand early deaths and this doesn’t even include some of the very serious side effects such as kidney failure and in some cases, amputation. What’s even worse is that the number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has increased dramatically in the last decade or so.
So why the huge increase in the disease? Simply put, many people’s lifestyle choices aren’t what you’d call the best and most healthy way to live. A mass amount of sugar intake is something our bodies aren’t used to and it’s only really in the last 30-40 years or so that people’s diets and lifestyles have changed so much that many would rather reach for a can of coke rather than a bottle of water. This leads to many people being overweight and much more susceptible to the onset of type 2 diabetes.
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So what can be done to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes? Seeking further clarification and information, DTS Buyers (unused diabetic strip buyers) were contacted for their expertise on the subject and they summarised their opinion in a handy bitesize article for us to present to our readers.
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The key to leading a healthy lifestyle is keeping a nice and balanced diet. This doesn’t mean you have to completely regiment your meals and micro manage your calorie and sugar intake. What it does mean is saying no to constant unhealthy snacking on junk foods and drinking lots of alcohol. Try and get your 5 a day of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water throughout the day because the health benefits of staying hydrated are extensive.
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Eating healthy is a good step but to really live a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise is vital. This doesn’t mean you have to be gym freak and visit everyday for 2-hour sessions. What it does mean though is that you’re constantly active throughout the week. Whether it’s going to the gym, taking the dog for a walk, a spot of gardening or even just walking to the station rather than driving, every bit of exercise adds to a healthy lifestyle and healthy living.
So overall what’s the best advice anyone can give you if you want to try to avoid type 2 diabetes? Stay as healthy as possible using a combination of a balanced diet and regular exercise and make sure you’re a healthy weight and not putting to much strain on your body!