National Healthy Lunch Day: 8 Ways to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

lentil-saladToday is National Healthy Lunch Day, organized by the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the need to make healthy choices at lunchtime.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas can’t produce enough insulin to metabolize the amount of sugar that you are ingesting. Diet, excess body weight, lack of exercise, and heredity  often play significant roles in developing type 2 diabetes. At least 92% of type 2 diabetes cases can be attributed to lifestyle choices, with 8% attributable to genetics.

Basically, type 2 diabetes is often extremely preventable. Here are eight ways in which you can reduce your risk.

1. Get moving, lose weight: The association between abdominal fat, or the apple-shaped body, and type 2 diabetes is well established. Fat cells, particularly abdominal adipocytes, secrete a number of biological products that slow the effects of insulin, impair the body’s ability to use sugar, and interfere with insulin production from the pancreas. Continue reading “National Healthy Lunch Day: 8 Ways to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes”

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