Over 34 million Americans have diabetes – that’s over 10% of the U.S. population. Another 88 million have prediabetes, a condition that may lead to diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Foundation. Does that mean there’s a good chance you may develop diabetes at some point in your lifetime?
Some factors that increase the risk of developing diabetes are out of your control, such as your ethnic background, family history and age. But the good news is you have the power to modify other risk factors. One major step you can take is related to your diet. The foods you eat, or don’t eat, may have an effect on diabetes risk. So can being overweight – and healthier eating habits may help you lose weight.
These 5 eating habits may improve your chance of avoiding diabetes. Keep in mind that sometimes there’s nothing you can do to prevent diabetes – some people are just more prone to developing the disease than others. But these habits will keep you healthier overall, so they’re still worth embracing.
Adopting healthier eating habits is one step you can take in lowering your risk of diabetes. When combined with other lifestyle habits such as exercising regularly, losing weight and not smoking, you’ll not only lower diabetes risk but can improve your health overall.
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