Not too late to prevent Diabetes.
As you get older, your risk for type 2 diabetes increases. Being overweight or having a family history of type 2 diabetes also increases your risk. Take these small steps to prevent or delay the onset of the disease. Lose a modest amount of weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by moving more and making healthy food choices.
To get moving and have fun! Physical activity can improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Set small goals to start. Add a little more activity each day until you reach least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Warm-ups get your body ready for physical activity. Shrug your shoulders, tap your toes, swing your arms, or move in place. Warm up for a few minutes before any activity.
Stretching can help you be more flexible. It can make it easier for you to tie your shoes or look over your shoulder when you back up the car. Stretch when your muscles are warm. Don’t stretch so far that it hurts.
FIND AN ACTIVITY YOU ENJOY
- Brisk walking is a great way to be active. Be sure you have proper walking shoes. Walk in safe places, such as indoor or outdoor walking paths, a shopping mall, or a community center.
- Dancing is also a fun way to be active. Get off the couch, turn on the music, and move.
BuenaVida is the behavior therapy for obesity that South Alamo Medical Group implements for weight management and obesity control. Clients in this program have lost an average of 12 pounds after six months in the program. These simple lifestyle changes will also help to control diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.