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Friday, November 8, 2013
Living a healthy lifestyle it key to preventing type 2 diabetes, but if you have a lot of changes to make, it may not be easy. Taking one step (or change) at time is more manageable and sustainable than making all of the changes at once. Your first step should be understanding and accepting which habits you need to change. Next ask yourself if you are ready, willing, and able to make the changes. If your answer is yes, determine which habit to begin with and set a goal. Your goal should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely - S.M.A.R.T.
If you aren't sure which goal to start with, keep in mind the following factors for preventing type 2 diabetes:
- Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do
- Staying at a healthy weight can help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes
- Maintaining a healthy cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose - unhealthy numbers can increase your risk
- Staying active helps to manage your blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and lowers your risk
- Quitting smoking will also lower your risk
- Being aware of your family health history - you won't be able to change this, but if you know, you can take small steps to lower your risk
Still not sure where to start? Try the American Diabetes Association's "Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test" by clicking here. You can also check out the Work/Life Mission Series "Gaining the Edge on Diabetes" for great resources and on campus workshops by clicking here.
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