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Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes today. The good news is that there are ways to prevent diabetes. Read on to learn the basics about diabetes and how to lower your risk.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body cannot manage blood glucose well.
When we eat, carbohydrate in food is digested and turned into sugar or glucose. Glucose then gets absorbed into our blood. The glucose goes from our blood into our cells with help from a hormone called insulin (insulin is made in the pancreas). We then use the glucose in our cells for energy.
If you have diabetes, your body cannot move glucose from your blood into your cells well. This may happen because:
When glucose cannot go into your cells, it stays in the blood causing high blood glucose levels or “high blood sugar.”
You are at higher risk for diabetes if you:
If you are a women, you may be at higher risk of diabetes if you:
Talk about these risk factors with your health care provider.
Learning about healthy eating and diabetes will take some time. The good news is there is a lot of support and information available. Registered Dietitians who work in Diabetes Education Programs can give you trusted nutrition advice tailored to your needs.
You can also call the Registered Dietitians at EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2 to get advice on what to eat when you have diabetes.
Need healthy meal and snack ideas? Try out our Diabetes Menu Plan.
Do you enjoy ethnic foods? Print one of these Healthy Diabetes Recipe Booklets designed for South Asian, Chinese, Caribbean or Latin American tastes.
Try to be active for at least 150 minutes/week. That’s about 30 minutes/day on five days of the week. You can start with 10 minutes at a time.
Make sure to do both resistance exercise (like lifting weights) and aerobic exercise (like walking, swimming or playing sports). Choose activities that you enjoy and can do with your family.
If you are new to physical activity, speak to your health care provider before getting started. For more tips read Physical Activity and Diabetes.
If you are overweight or obese, losing even 5 percent of your body weight can help prevent pre-diabetes from developing into diabetes.
For tips on losing weight in a healthy way, read: Weight Control Strategies that Work and Healthy Eating for a Healthy Waist.
If you need medication to control cholesterol, blood pressure or other conditions, take them as prescribed.
Yes. If diabetes is not managed well, high blood glucose can lead to other health conditions like:
If you are over 40 years old and have some of the risk factors above, speak to your doctor about being screened for diabetes. Screening includes a simple blood test to see how much glucose is in your blood.
You can also take the Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire (CANRISK) and talk to your health care provider about the results.
If you have questions about healthy eating and diabetes call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2. You can also speak with your health care provider.
Diabetes is a serious condition, but it can be prevented. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and being physically active are two things you can do to help prevent diabetes.
What you need to know about Diabetes Education Programs
Lower your risk of diabetes-related complications
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