There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes.
However, even with a family history of type 2 diabetes, you're not destined to develop the disease. You can do a lot to keep you and your family healthy. It's all about striving for a healthier lifestyle. The two key factors for diabetes prevention are getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking fast or biking, five days a week, and eating a variety of foods that are low in fat and reducing the number of calories you eat daily.
Here are some tips for diabetes prevention:
- When meal planning, choose foods that are low in fat, salt, and sugar. For instance, avoid eating fried foods, processed meats, soda, and baked desserts.
- When cooking at home, skip the salt. Instead, try fresh herbs or other salt-free seasonings.
- After dinner, don't head straight for the TV room. Take a walk or bike ride. Play catch or tag outside.
- On weekends, plan in physical activity. Go for a hike at a state or national park. Head for the beach to swim. Weather not cooperating? Take a stroll through a museum.
- Get a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps every day.
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