According to International Diabetes Federation, 382 million people had diabetes in 2013 worldwide and this figure is estimated to go up to 592 million by 2035. By 2030, India's diabetes numbers are expected to cross the 100 million mark.
There are several factors which increase your risk of developing diabetes. Some of them are modifiable like lifestyle, and eating habits where as other cannot be changed such as age, family history and genetics.
Your risk of developing diabetes is increased if:
If you are above 45 years of age, you should get blood sugar (glucose) tested regularly (at least every 3 years). You should get your blood sugar tested more often if you have several of the aforementioned risk factors.
Factors such as age, family history and race are uncontrollable but you can lower your risk of developing diabetes significantly by making slight modifications to your lifestyle like modifying your diet and physical activity.
Below are some steps that can help you lower your risk of developing diabetes.
Diabetes prevention is all about eating more healthfully, becoming physically active and losing a few extra pounds. Lifestyle modifications can decrease, prevent or delay development of diabetes. So make healthy lifestyle choices. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference. Consider the aforementioned and make a move. It's never too late to start.
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