DIABETES cases have hit 4.3 million in the UK, including 500,000 people that don’t even know they have the condition. Here’s five top tips to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes type 2 accounts for 90 per cent of all diabetes cases in the UK.
Obesity – a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes – has more than tripled in the UK over the last 30 years, latest statistics have revealed.
Symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, weight loss, fatigue, and urinating more often than normal.
Here are five ways to lower your risk of developing the condition, which is “storming the UK”, according to nutritionist Cassandra Burns.
Cutting back on your sugar intake will lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, said Burns.
It also includes reducing the amount of refined carbohydrates you eat, including white breads, pastries and pizza.
Stop sugar cravings
You can ease sugar cravings by adding some natural supplements to your diet, said Burns.
Some food supplements work by supporting blood glucose regulation. Look out for capsules contains chromium and green coffee extract, that helps to balance insulin levels.
Stay physically active
“Staying active is also vital,” said Burns.
“Exercise helps the body respond to insulin, keep blood sugar levels down and manage your weight.
Smoking could increase your risk of developing diabetes, according to Diabetes.co.uk.
It also increases the risk of diabetic complications, including heart disease, strokes and circulation problems.
Cut back on alcohol
Alcohol can lower the body’s sensitivity to insulin, potentially leading to type 2 diabetes, said DrinkAware.
Alcohol also contains a large amount of calories, which could contribute to weight gain, and subsequently diabetes.