If left untreated, diabetes can lead to many different health problems, which means detecting the early signs is key to tackling the condition.
By following these simple lifestyle changes, Diabetes UK say that you can decrease your chances of developing the disease:
Eating three, well-spaced and nutritionally balanced meals a day will help control your appetite and stabilise your blood sugar levels. Your diet should contain lots of fruit and vegetables and be low in salt, fat and added sugar.
Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week. One way to approach this is to do 30 minutes at least 5 days a week. You don’t have to run a marathon – dancing, walking and playing with your kids all count!
Maintain a healthy weight
Visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Healthy_lifestyle/Managing_your_weight/ to discover if you are a healthy weight for your height.
Everyone risks damaging their health through smoking a cigarette, pipe or cigar, but for people with diabetes, the risk may be even greater. To learn more about this, visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk/smoking
Be wary of alcohol
Alcohol can disturb blood glucose levels. Women should drink no more than 2-3 units per day and men should drink no more than 3-4 units per day. To understand how alcohol can affect you, visit www.diabetes.org.uk
By Gabrielle Nathan