Stay near your optimum weight. Obesity is believed to account for 80-85 percent of the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. When you carry excess weight, you are most likely to develop insulin resistance, a condition in which your body is unable to use the hormone insulin to convert glucose (sugar) to energy, which results in high blood sugar levels.
Being overweight also raises your risk of high blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, all of which increases your prediabetic risk further.
Losing 10-15 kilos can help reduce the risk substantially. Get atleast 150 minutes of physical activity, such as brisk walking, every week.
Eat Right to avoid prediabetes. You need to be careful about your diet. Eat more fibre, less fat, less red meat, more vegetables and fruits, whole grain instead of refined grains and limited alcohol.
Research encourages the daily consumption of dairy, particularly milk, cheese and yoghurt. Have milk or yoghurt plain or as part of a smoothie. Add feta or ricotta cheese to salad or toast. Drink a big mug of hot cocoa every day.
It is well known that a component called hydroxychalcone in cinnamon helps keep fasting glucose in control. A pinch of cinnamon every day (in your tea or sprinkled on your cereal) is all you need.
Try this: Blend 1 cup yoghurt with one cup cut pineapple. Or churn 1 banana with a bit of ginger and honey and 1 cup of milk or yoghurt. Reports also suggest that DHA, a type of Omega 3 found in mackerel, salmon and tuna, fights diabetes.
Also, edible seaweed has the nutrients that help keep a lid on diabetes and its symptoms which are – frequent urination, excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss, extreme hunger, sudden vision changes, singling or numbness in hands or feet, feeling tired most of the time, very dry skin, sores that are slow to heal and more infections than usual.
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