5 Lifestyle Choices that Might Lead to Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body processes sugar. Typically, the hormone insulin is produced naturally by your pancreas to control blood sugar levels and successfully convert sugar into energy.

In type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make the insulin you need to maintain healthy levels of blood sugar, or the insulin you do make isn’t used properly. This results in chronically high blood sugar levels that can lead to serious and long-term health complications. For some, uncontrolled type 2 diabetes can prove fatal.

Our experienced staff at Harmony Clinics, understands the health risks of type 2 diabetes. We focus on helping patients make the necessary lifestyle changes to reduce the likelihood that diabetes will negatively impact your life.

Here are some lifestyle choices you may need to reconsider to protect your health and wellness. 

Weight maintenance

Being overweight or obese can significantly raise your risk for type 2 diabetes and other serious health complications. Excess fat tissue can cause inflammation in your body that makes you insulin resistant.

If you’re over a healthy weight, we can work closely with you to develop the right exercise routine and diet plan to help you shed unwanted pounds and maintain a healthy weight for the long-term.

Physical fitness

Leading a sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes you can easily change. You need to make a commitment to get off the couch and get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day to lower your type 2 diabetes risk.

Even a brisk 30-minute walk around the neighborhood can improve your overall health and help you lose weight. You can focus on starting small and working your way up to higher impact exercises like strength training or participation in organized sports.

Dietary considerations

In addition to keeping you at a healthy weight, a good diet is necessary for the prevention of type 2 diabetes and related complications.

When you eat a diet that’s full of empty calories, unhealthy fats, and too much cholesterol, you can also develop insulin resistance. To combat this, spend more time preparing healthy meals ahead of time and opt for fresh vegetables and lean meats, instead of processed and packaged foods.

Lack of medical care

If there’s a history of diabetes in your immediate family, or you are at increased risk for the condition because of your age, you can’t change those factors. but you can stay proactive with your preventive health care.

Routine blood testing based on your risk factors can identify prediabetes or type 2 diabetes in the earliest stages. Once identified, you can do everything necessary to improve your health and keep your diabetes well-controlled.

Ignoring prediabetes

If your genetic history or lifestyle choices have resulted in a diagnosis of prediabetes, you can’t ignore the situation. Prediabetes is a condition where the sugar levels in your blood are high, but not high enough to be considered diabetes.

When you have prediabetes, it’s important you follow through with recommended treatments, including lifestyle changes and medication therapy, to lower your blood sugar levels. Ignoring suggested treatments increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and a number of potential health issues, like heart disease and organ damage.

The same is true for women that develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. While many instances of gestational diabetes resolve after childbirth, some women need to continue with treatment to stay in control of blood sugar levels.

For more information on how your life choices affect your risk for type 2 diabetes, schedule a consultation with Harmony Clinics. You can use the online booking feature or call the office to book an appointment. 

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