Did you know that moderate weight loss through diet and exercise can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 60%?

One of the major risk factors for type 2 diabetes is obesity. With over 2/3 of the Australian population considered obese or overweight, the trend is increasing. With over 90% of diagnosed cases being type 2 diabetes, modifying lifestyle choices is the main method in managing and preventing the disease. Coincidentally, amending these risk factors is also important in weight loss and assisting individuals in maintaining a healthy weight.

Type 2 diabetes is where insulin is present, but the body can’t use it properly leading to excess insulin production. The Diabetes Foundation of Australia recommend changes in diet and increasing exercise as the two key management tools for type 2 diabetes.

The current prescription for exercise in type 2 diabetics is at least 30-60 minutes of moderate to intense exercise more than 3 days a week, with 60 minutes of resistance training once a week. Aerobic exercise is important for losing weight and improving blood sugar levels by improving cardiovascular fitness and glucose tolerance. Resistance training is important in the maintenance of blood sugar levels and allows individuals to better control their blood glucose levels and help gain muscle mass.

Healthy eating is important not only for controlling blood sugars, but is also a preventative tool for heart disease. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole-grains and a diet low in saturated fats and sugar is important in maintaining a healthy weight. It’s also vital for ensuring that the necessary vitamins and minerals needed by the body are being consumed. It also is essential in ensuring that you have enough energy throughout the day, as fueling your body with healthy foods will allow you to perform better for longer.

Modifying these risk factors is an important step in decreasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. If your company has a NSW presence, you may be eligible for free health checks! Get in contact with us today to see how your organisation can benefit from our Get Healthy at Work program.