|Tammi Jacobs, Health & Wellness Expert|
Clinical and well thought out version is as follows... (keep reading for the realistic and proven method). There are many things a person can do to prevent diabetes however changing lifestyle habits is the most powerful in many cases. A recent study conducted at the National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program compared the effects of exercise and diet, medication or placebo in 3,234 people with high normal blood sugar. Diet and exercise were the number 1 positive force in the prevention of diabetes by 58%. The DPP uses a method called MEND to prevent diabetes:
M: Monitor blood sugar on a regular basis.
E: Exercise regularly.
N: Nutrition – follow a healthy, balanced diet.
D: Drugs – Only if after effectively following a well balanced diet and exercise regime does not bring your blood sugar levels into acceptable range, add medication. However there is no substitute for diet and exercise. They are a must.Monitoring blood sugar level on a regular basis is a top priority for people with diabetes because the best protection is prevention not clean up.
Exercise lowers blood sugar directly and immediately by muscle movement. The muscles pull stored sugar in the form of glycogen to fuel the effort. Even more exciting is the fact that exercise peels the pounds, lowers stress levels, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and helps to control your appetite.
Nutrition So many of our health problems can be avoided through diet, exercise and making sure we take care of ourselves. By promoting healthy lifestyles, we can improve the quality of life for all Americans, and reduce health care costs dramatically. Enjoy whole grain cereals, brown rice, fresh fruits and vegetables and beans. Choose the leanest of proteins such as chicken and fish excluding the skin as well as nonfat dairy products. Your fats should be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated which are found in olive oil, canola oil, nuts, yummy avocados and fish.
Drugs should be considered if dietary and lifestyle changes are not able to control blood sugar levels into an acceptable range. Remember of course that medication is no replacement for regular exercise and a nutritious diet. You’ve gotta move.
The real answer... Get Up and Move. Grab a friend, your spouse, a dog or even a book and hit the road.
Your body is designed to move and if diabetes has set in your body is screaming for help. The true answer to preventing diabetes is walk, jog, run, shake, shimmy, swim, dance, race, jump, two step, ride, and eat your veggies. Tomorrow we will show you some fun new ways to move but for now GO.
Tammi Jacobs, Health and Wellness Expert
Owner Results Health and Fitness