Diabetes prevention

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Diabetes prevention starts with you

So far, there is no known way to ‘prevent’ Type 1 diabetes. No one knows for sure what causes Type 1 diabetes. What is known is that diabetes is not contagious and eating too much sugar doesn’t cause Type 1 diabetes. But, consuming lots of sugar-filled foods and beverages can lead to excessive weight gain and that is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, once contracted, are life-long conditions.

Everyone can reduce their risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes or, at least, significantly delay the onset by maintaining a healthy life style, exercising regularly and not smoking.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recommends the following six step program:

1. Know if you’re at risk

Find out if you have pre-diabetes or are at risk for Type 2 diabetes. [Check the options for youth and adults at the above link]

2. Eat Well!

What, when and how much you eat all play an important role in regulating blood sugar levels.

3. Get moving !

Every bit of activity counts! Try to get at least 150 minutes of activity each week. Regular physical activity helps your body lower blood sugar levels, achieve a healthy weight, reduce stress and improve overall fitness.

4. Achieve a healthy weight that is right for you!

Eating well and being active is an excellent start to achieving a healthy weight that is right for you. Talk to a health care professional to determine a healthy body weight for you.

5. Record your progress

Writing down what you eat and how much activity you do can help you achieve your goals.

6. Get help

There are resources to help you prevent diabetes. Get support from family and friends. Search out the services in your neighbourhood.

 

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