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If steps could be taken now to prevent diabetes and irreversible damage to the organs in your body, wouldn't you want to know how? Especially if diabetes runs in your family, and even if it doesn't, with today's fast food, pre packaged, electronic society, doctors are reporting diabetes on an epidemic escalation. Doctors are now reporting 95% of all diabetic diagnoses are type 2 diabetes. This type in most of the cases can be controlled just with a few, very few, lifestyle changes. I know you've heard it before, but I can't stress enough that once your body organs are damaged, it is not reversible in many cases, and left without treatment can really complicate your life with a heart attack, stroke and breakdown of body organs causing blindness, kidney failure just to name a few. Once you have diabetes, you will always have diabetes and it is up to you to control it.
The biggest risk is being overweight. By reducing your intake you will take a huge step in the prevention of diabetes. Put less food on your plate, more vegetables and smaller amounts of meat will make a big difference. Drink a glass of water before each meal which will leave less room for food. It won't be long before you see and feel the results. Low fat spreads and dressings have come a long way in taste so use in place of high calorie fat laden ones. Instead of deep frying your food, bake, steam or grill and trim all visible fat you are eating. There are some really excellent diabetic cook books out there, invest in one for ideas.
With most packaged foods being indexed with the ingredients they contain it is easy to check the glycemic and carbohydrate content. This really helps in keeping your blood sugar in check to prevent the onset of diabetes. The lower glycemic and carbohydrate content the better. Every day drink at least 8 glasses of water. If you drink from a straw you'll be surprised how quickly you can drink the water. Just keep a bottle or glass near you throughout the day and it will be gone before you know it.
Of course if you exercise, you'll become thirsty and that will take care of some of the water. But exercise is very important in preventing diabetes and it doesn't have to be strenuous. Start with just walking 15 minutes a day. Add to that leg or arm exercises as your watching T.V. Just keep moving. If between meals you're feeling a bit hungry, keep healthy snacks available so you don't over eat at meal times. The operative word here is 'healthy snacks'. Have some water as well. Using skimmed milk for your coffee and tea instead of full-fat milk can add up in your caloric intake and make a big difference.