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Although there are various causes of diabetes you can’t control such as your past habits and genes, there are things you can do now to prevent getting the disease.

It’s a chronic disease and unlike old days when it was only a threat to the older generation, young people are also getting it. If not properly managed, diabetes can cause other problems such as kidney failure, heart disease, and blindness.

But all is not lost. Here are simple ways you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes:

1. Get on the move


Man jogging (iStock)


The sedentary lifestyle we have nowadays is a major cause of diabetes. You spend most of the time seated in the office and by the time you get home, you are too tired to go to the gym. But if you really want to lower your chances of diabetes, you need to exercise regularly. Exercising helps prevent obesity and also increases insulin sensitivity.

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2. Stay hydrated


Water controls blood sugar levels (gethealthygethot)


Although you can take fruits, juices and other carbonated drinks to stay hydrated, water is always the best choice. Water helps in controlling the levels of blood sugar in the body and staying with a bottle of water all the time keeps you off from the temptation of taking carbonated drinks. Sugary drinks are known to increase the risk of diabetes.

3. Control your weight

You can control your weight by exercising regularly and eating healthy. When excess fat gets accumulated around your abdomen, it increases the body’s resistance to insulin thus increasing the risk of diabetes.

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4. Limit sugar and refined carbs intake


How to reduce the risk of diabetes (thatsugarmovement)


When you take lots of sugars and refined carbs, the body processes them into smaller sugar molecules that are absorbed into your system. This increases blood sugars in the body prompting the pancreas to produce more insulin. Over time, the high levels of sugar and insulin in the body causes type 2 diabetes.

5. Don’t stress

When you are stressed, your body produces hormones that affect your blood sugar levels. When you are stressed, take up an activity to help you relax such as exercise, your hobbies, meditation or y..


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