Diabetes – it’s a word we hear all too commonly in the U.S. these days. In fact, 2014 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that more than 9-percent of the American population is diabetic; with around 29-million diagnosed cases and more than 8-million undiagnosed.
Developing diabetes carries a number of unpleasant symptoms if it’s not controlled – from eyesight issues, to numbness of the feet, to life-threatening situations like a diabetic coma. However, there are ways you can help reduce the risk of the developing the disease through a number of diet and lifestyle adjustments. Let’s take a closer look at seven of them…
1. Control Excess Weight
One of the bigger risk factors for developing type-2 (adult onset) diabetes is to be overweight. In fact, EveryDayHealth.com notes that for every 2.2-pounds of weight you shed, your risk of developing diabetes drops by 16-percent.
However, you may need to visit a doctor or a dietician to get a reference point for your body mass and how best to manage it. Following some of the upcoming tips may also help you drop some unwanted pounds, which can also benefit your cardiovascular health.