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Diet and regular exercise can prevent diabetes and even reverse it
A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has unveiled that around 12.3% of US adults have diabetes and majority of them have type-2-diabetes. Experts suggest that daily physical activity could be the best medicine for people who have or face risk of type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Sheri Colberg, a professor of human movement sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, said that having type-2-diabetes means that body can no longer make or use insulin, the hormone that helps the body to regulate glucose levels.
Insulin helps the body to use glucose for energy and when this does not happen then it is being stored in places like abdomen, liver and pancreas. Best ways to prevent type-2-diabetes are diet and increased physical activity. The combination can even reverse the condition.
Colberg said that both, cardio and strength workouts are vital. But if a person has limited time period then he should choose resistance training. “We lose muscle mass as we age. It’s important to keep muscle fibers strong and active”, affirmed Colberg.
Colberg said that if you are not sure whether or not you have type-2-diabetes then ask your doctor for an A1C blood test, which is used to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes. Nine in 10 people with pre-diabetes are not aware about their status.
Patients who are older than 45 years of age should get their blood glucose tested after every three years. Vitamin D is being studied to find out its ability to reduce risk of diabetes progress among people having pre-diabetes.
It is suggested that losing 5 to 7% of body weight with the means of healthy eating and getting 30 minutes of exercise or more at least five times a week can delay or prevent a diabetes diagnosis in people who are at high risk of the disease, said CDC.