Type 2 Diabetes is estimated to affect around twenty nine million Americans. Another two million adults and over five thousand children and youth are expected to be diagnosed with diabetes this year. Guys like Christian Broda have been trying to take care of their body to avoid this. Diabetes is estimated to be responsible for around 200,000 deaths a year. Studies have found that diabetes has been correlated to an increased risk of developing debilitating diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later on in life.
What can be done to reduce the risk of developing this potentially life threatening disease? The largest risk factor for type 2 diabetes is believed to be extra weight. A study conducted on adults with pre-diabetes found that gradual weight loss reduced the risk of the participants developing diabetes by up to 50%. Regular exercise in addition to weight loss can slash the risk of developing diabetes even more. Regular exercise and weight loss can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by about to 70% compared to adults who are overweight and do not exercise.
A study done in Canada found that immigrants who lived in neighborhoods where walking was difficult had a higher rate of diabetes. Living in a neighborhood where walking and jogging is safe and encouraged can be a big boost to one’s health and reduce the chance of developing diseases such as diabetes. Studies that tracked health workers for a period of 22 years found that people who drank soft drinks such as soda daily had a 30% higher risk of developing diabetes. Cutting out soft drinks and other high sugar foods from your diet will significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes. High sugar foods such as soft drinks can cause weight gain, and insulin resistance which are risk factors for diabetes.