What else can help?

No matter how well you respond to treatment for diabetes – whether preventive or curative - there will always be more you can do, from the perspective of making lifestyle changes. Here are some of the changes we would urge everyone to adopt

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Weight Management

Excessive fat, particularly around the middle, will increase your body’s insulin resistance and put you in the high-risk category for type 2 diabetes.

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A healthy, balanced diet

Watch your calorie intake. Reduce your consumption of fats, particularly saturated and trans fats. Eat more fruit, vegetables and high-fibre foods. Cut back on sugar and salt intake.

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Regulate your blood pressure

A combination of regular exercise and a balanced diet should do the trick. In some cases, you might need to take medication as prescribed by your doctor.

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Regular Exercise

Work out regularly, preferably every day. This will help you cut down on body fat, help you manage your weight & your waistline, regulate your blood pressure & cholesterol & your blood glucose levels.

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Get regular medical checkups

As you get older, it’s always a good idea to check your blood sugar, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels at least once every six months.

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Cut down alcohol intake

Reduce or eliminate alcohol. It makes you gain weight can increase your blood pressure and triglyceride level.

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Quit smoking

Smoking doubles your chances of developing diabetes.

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Restricted consumption of fast food & processed foods

Minimise consumption of fast foods, high in salt, fat and calories. Control your craving for sweetmeats, desserts, ice-creams and chocolates. Cook your food using fresh ingredients as much as possible.