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What's my risk? National Diabetes Awareness Week

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in more than half of the people who are diagnosed every year.

And if you are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you can delay it by adopting a few simple lifestyle changes.

But first of all - what is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that begins with your body becoming less sensitive to the insulin produced by your pancreas or your pancreas stops producing enough insulin. Eventually this progresses to a point where your blood sugars remain high, which begin to manifest as symptoms including weight gain, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, slow would healing, fatigue, to name a few. If you have any concerns, the best thing to do is visit your doctor.

Whilst there is no cure for diabetes, it can be well managed with and without medication.

So what can you do to manage your risk of developing diabetes? 

  • Participate in regular physical activity. I'm, not saying you need to join a gym if that isn't your thing. Find something you enjoy and make sure you move your body at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week. The key is to get your heart rate up.
  • Keep an eye on your cholesterol and your blood pressure. I recommend everyone visit their GP every year for these two very simple tests.
  • Make healthy food choices MOST of the time.
  • Stay within a healthy weight - if you're making healthy food choices most of the time and exercising regularly this will usually take care of itself.

Click here to find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 5 years.

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