Monday, 30 January 2012

Type 2 diabetes can be avoided -

Type 2 diabetes can be avoided -
ut that doughnut down! There are sweeter choices for the 79 million adult Americans with prediabetes — a condition that makes blood sugar levels too high to be healthy, but not high enough to qualify for full-blown diabetes.
Walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week (we'd prefer seven), and losing 5 per cent to 10 per cent of your body weight can slash your risk of sliding into Type 2 diabetes by 58 per cent. But if you have trouble sticking to that tried-and-true approach, here are some clever ways to dodge the diabetes bullet.
Put Red to Bed: Bye, bye beef. One palm-size daily serving ups your diabetes risk 19 per cent. Gobble down a hot dog, a sausage patty or two bacon strips daily, and your risk soars 51 per cent.
Write What You Bite: If you keep a diary of what you eat each day, it can double your weight loss — and that is a big part of the prevention plan.
Be a Busy Bawdy: Sex eases stress and increases self-esteem — and that helps you make healthier food and activity choices.
Visit Corfu: A Mediterranean diet (veggies, fruits, nuts, olive oil, seafood, not much dairy or meat) slashes your risk of type 2 by 83 per cent.
Go with Joe: Coffee. That's right, three cups a day decreases your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Embrace the sunny foods of the Mediterranean and the pleasures of coffee, sex and keeping a diary — and you can enjoy staying healthy. Every step away from Type 2 is a step toward the life you deserve: healthy, happy and long.