Good news: the best prevention against type 2 diabetes is also the way to a healthy life free of other medical complications! Maintaining a healthy weight through physical activity and a balanced diet are vital steps in preventing type 2 diabetes.
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Physical activity: Keeping active is another great way to keep your weight down and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes! This doesn't mean you have to press thousand of pounds at the gym! Official recommendations say you should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week (or 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week), and this can range from working out at the gym, running, hiking, biking, swimming, and even just walking, gardening, or doing housework. The most important thing is raising your heart rate and breaking a sweat. Not only will this stimulate the rest of your body (have you ever noticed that not only do you have more energy, but that your thinking feels sharper after your body is warmed up from activity?), it will help you lose weight and maintain a healthy BMI. Having trouble getting motivated? Check out this page of tips, also from our friends at the American Diabetes Association.
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