How to Prevent Diabetes

If you're at risk for diabetes, especially the most common type 2 it's imperative that you take certain steps at prevention.
Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1: Physical Activity and Exercise

Not only does exercise and physical activity help regulate your blood sugar levels, it also helps you lose weight. Being overweight increases your chances at becoming diabetic. Essentially, you are killing two birds with one stone by exercising. Maintain your blood sugar levels and keep your weight down. Even if you do exercise and see very little weight loss, it still helps regulate your blood sugar levels. The best type of physical activity you can practice is aerobic and resistance training.
Step 2: Include Fiber in Your Diet

There are a number of benefits you can receive by having a healthy amount of fiber in your daily diet. Fiber is known to control blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risks. Eating foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetables, beans and fruits are the best sources of fiber you can find. Here is another little trick that fiber can do for you - Fiber helps you lose weight because of its ability of making you feel full.
Step 3: The Power of Whole Grains

Half whole grains out of all the grains you eat should be whole grains. This helps maintain blood sugar levels and even fights diabetes. There are less starches and sugars in whole grains that there are in normal grains. Substituting your grains with more whole grains is easy. Look for whole grains on packages, and use them in pasta products and cereals. Whole grains are not only found in bread, but they are found in a number of different foods as well.
Step 4: Shed Some Weight

Easier said then done right? Actually, if you follow the first 3 steps, you might find your self losing some extra weight within a month. All you are really doing if you're not following these steps already is changing your daily habits. Get out of your comfort zone and be good to your body. Not only does the process of losing weight slam the brakes on becoming diabetic, it improves your over all health. Simply exercising can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58 percent in three years.
Step 5: Don't Fall for Fad Diets

There are many diets out there promising results and many do see results. From low carb to juice diets may help you lose weight, but it is yet unknown how these fad diets can have an effect on diabetes. Any time you're excluding an entire food group which is what most fad diets do, it can have a negative effect on someone who is at risk of getting diabetes. A well planned and thought out diet that is being followed constantly, will show better results in weight loss and diabetes prevention in the long run.