Everyday Ways To Reduce Your Diabetes Risk

Businessman Lighting a Cigar(BlackDoctor.org) — Researchers and medical professionals have been saying for years that healthy lifestyle choices can reduce the risks of developing Type II diabetes. New studies by the National Institutes of Health demonstrate that various individual healthy practices may actually reduce the risk even more significantly than originally believed, and these strategies can combine synergistically in dramatic ways.

Smoking

It is common knowledge that smoking is unhealthy, but new research shows that not smoking decreases your risk of developing diabetes by as much as 20 percent. Many chemicals contained in cigarettes cause inflammation and can have a toxic and unhealthy impact on the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. Additionally, it appears that much of the damage from smoking can be reversed in individuals who adopt healthy lifestyles and have not smoked for an inordinately long period of time.

Physical Activity

A sedentary lifestyle greatly increases the risk of diabetes, and only twenty minutes of sweat-inducing exercise at least three or four times per week can greatly reduce your potential for the disease. Exercise is also good for reducing stress, improving cardiovascular health and circulation, so it is always a win-win situation.