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Five ways to lower diabetes risk

Follow these five tips to lower your risk of diabetes.

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Eating healthy is one of the best ways to lower your risk of diabetes and maintain a general level of good health. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and opt for lean meats. Try to avoid sugary, fizzy drinks and fast food.

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Smoking raises blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as reduces the amount of oxygen in your body. Recent research suggests it is a contributing risk factor for diabetes. So if you smoke, it’s time to quit.

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A 30-minute brisk walk every day helps improve blood circulation and keep blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels. Other easy activities include taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking instead of driving short distances.

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Being overweight is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The sensible way to lose weight is by slowly cutting back on calories, being physically active at least five times a week, eating a good breakfast and drinking plenty of water.

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Women who develop gestational diabetes when pregnant are seven times more likely to get type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, which recommends that women stay active during pregnancy, and breastfeed after the birth. If you have had gestational diabetes, you should have blood tests three months after birth and at least every three years after that.

Updated: October 19, 2016 04:00 AM

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