November is Diabetes Action Month so it’s a good time to look at what we can do to prevent more Kiwis being diagnosed with this condition which can damage the body’s organs and lead to heart attack, stroke, and problems with the kidneys, eyes, gums, feet and nerves.
If you are a fan of Te Atatu Toasted cereals, it’s likely you are already committed to eating a healthy diet, which is a great start when it comes to preventing Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes.
Diabetes is the result of the body not creating enough insulin to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in the normal range, according to Diabetes New Zealand. Everyone needs some glucose in their blood, but if it’s too high it can damage your body over time.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the cells in the body don’t recognise the insulin that is present. The end result is the same: high levels of glucose in your blood.
For many people (but not all), type 2 diabetes can be prevented by good lifestyle choices.
Here are a few ways you can avoid type 2 diabetes developing:
Stay physically active and get regular exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. Brisk walking, swimming, cycling, Marae activities, dancing and mowing the lawns all count. Remember you don’t have to do all of your daily exercise at once. For example, three brisk walks for 10 minutes in the day may be more manageable than one of 30 minutes.