5 Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk
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Joe Piscatella posted:


Type 2 diabetes is growing at a rapid rate in the U.S., chiefly because of our obesity epidemic. Last year some 26 million people - many teenages - were diagnosed with the disease. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.

But new studies show that adults, middle-aged and up, can cut their risk of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 80% by adhering to five healthy lifestyle habits. They include:

1. Having a healthy diet (particularly fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly (3 times a week for a least 20 minutes.) This reduced the risk for men by 28% and for women by 29%.

2. Not smoking. This reduced the risk by 4% for both men and women.

3. Moderate alcohol consumption (no more than one drink a da for women and two drinks for men.) This lowered risk by 7% for men and 24% for women.

4. Having a body-mass index of between 18.5 and 24.9, considered "normal" weight. This reduced risk by 33% for men and 27% for women.

If you did all five, the risk of Type 2 diabetes for men would drop by 72% and for women by a whopping 84%.

This is the kind of news that let's us understand that our actions have a lot to do with our health. To a great extent, good health is a choice.

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billh99 responded:
I don't have the percentage changes, but those same diet changes along with exercise will also drastically reduce heart disease, strokes, and cancer.