Preventative Measures

By TBOzarka1 Latest Reply 2014-06-10 16:29:06 -0500
Started 2008-03-13 04:40:01 -0500

What are some preventative measures one can take to not get diabetes?

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pitcher64 2014-06-10 16:29:06 -0500 Report

Yes not just loosing weight but sweating it out can really go a long way in the reduction of having diabetes.

GabbyPA 2008-05-22 12:05:24 -0500 Report

Wow, that is a loaded question.

One thing to remember, if it is in your family history, it may eventually catch up to you no matter what. But there are a lot of things you can do that really anyone should be doing.

The best thing would be to talk to your family doctor and then meet with a nutritionist and get professional input that meets your personal needs. But until then, here are some tips I use.

Processed food (specially sugars and starches) should be avoided or used in moderation at least. This stuff hides in all our processed foods, even ones that say they are good for you. So become a lable reader. Better yet, try fresh foods and create your own meals. It takes effort, but you can have better control over what is going into your body.

Our bodies are geared to use sugars, but they should have to do the work to get them (like when you eat fruits or stachy veggies like corn) Processing takes the work out, so our bodies get more than it should. I suppose the best analogy is the difference between taking a asprin pill or powder. The powder gets in faster because your body doesn't have to work on it to obtain it.

Exercise. I know it can be a bore, but even just going for a swim, taking a walk, playing ball with the kids or fetch with the dog can help. Keep active. Specially in our comupter, sit on your butt all day kind of lifestyles, it is easy to run out of time to do things. It is a huge help in my sugar control as a diabetic, I am sure it is a valuable preventative.

Keep an eye on how you feel. Physically and emotionally. If there are swings it can be signs of lots of things, but one is that your sugar is out of wack. I find I can get light headed and anxious when my sugar is on the rise. So if you notice those feelings, you can find triggers (like foods, stress, worry...)and take charge of them.

Take care of body parts. LOL. Yep, thake care of those pearly whites as they can take a hit in the progression of diabeties. Get your eyes checked and make sure your doctor gets a good look inside. They can catch a lot of signs before it gets bad. Feet, feet, feet...pamper them and take care to groom them well. Keep them free of fungus or athletes foot, as they are prime targets for suffering diabetics. And like anything, watch your weight. That is the biggest problem I have and I have had it since childhood. It is a major contributing factor to my diabeties basides family history. Even loosing weight can make a huge difference in keeping diabeties at bay.

I hope these have been helpful for you.

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