Diabetes - Lifestyle Factors

Regular movement helps stimulate the lymph system, strengthen and loosen muscles, oxygenate tissues and brings with it many other positive benefits.

Exercise helps control blood pressure, a factor in contracting diabetes. It helps regulate glucose levels, which have a major role in the disease since excess glucose in the blood is a defining attribute of diabetes. It alters cholesterol levels, another risk factor for contracting the condition.

A sedentary lifestyle increases the odds of contracting Type 2 diabetes, and in particular, the lack of exercise is a direct cause of higher body fat percentage - as well as a number of other factors. 

Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for developing Type 2 - and over 80% of diabetics have Type 2 accounts diabetes. 

While there is a genetic influence - some shed or gain weight and body fat more easily than others - it is subject to influence by choices. A high BMI (Body Mass Index) is an adjustable number with the proper diet and exercise.

While BMI should not be taken as the only factor, a BMI of higher than 27 correlates with increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and is an indicator of obesity.  If your body stores fat around the waist, you are at a higher risk. 

Often weight issues are the results of genetics such as body type and shape - but these genetic influences can also be changed by diet and exercise. 

Although there are supplements on the market, along with specific exercises that target waistline fat, the best way to tackle the problem is with an overall weight-reducing diet and general exercise program will help reduce large fat deposits, including those of the waistline.

The risk of contracting diabetes is present for anyone, but it's good to know you can lower the odds by adopting healthy lifestyle choices.

Bottom Line - Much of the management of the disease involves controllable issues.

CE Thompkins
Diabetic, Senior and Black

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