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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Warding Off Type 2 Diabetes

When you eat, the food you ingest is broken down into sugar which is then released into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar levels get high enough, your pancreas will then release insulin, which helps convert that sugar into energy for your cells.

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects your body’s ability to turn the food you eat into energy. With type 2 diabetes specifically, your body is still able to produce insulin but is unable to use it efficiently enough to regulate your blood sugar levels.

With more than 34 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes and 88 million having prediabetes, it is important to keep in mind that this chronic health condition is preventable and even reversible. In recognition of National Diabetes Month, the health experts at Parrish Healthcare are here to shed some light on how to effectively prevent this chronic health condition.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), being overweight significantly increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes as well as other chronic health conditions. While it can seem like a mountain of a task to lose a significant amount of weight, even losing 10 pounds can help to reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Lead an Active Lifestyle

Leading an active lifestyle can also help to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.

Some great examples of moderate-intensity physical activities include:

  • Cleaning your home
  • Gardening and yardwork
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Bike riding

Manage Your Blood pressure

Having high blood pressure significantly increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) states that 2 in 3 people living with diabetes also have high blood pressure. In order to be considered healthy, your blood pressure should be below 120/80.

Diabetes Care in Titusville

When it comes to diabetes and other hormonal disorders, it is essential that you find a specialist you can depend on for the best quality care. Parrish Medical Group Endocrinology is here to help. Our board-certified endocrinologist and specialized team have a proven quality and safety track record in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of hormonal disorders ranging from diabetes to menstrual issues.

Learn more information about our endocrinological services today.