3 New Rules to Reverse Diabetes
Recent guidelines from the American Diabetes Association advise that some new patients try healthy eating and exercise before they begin medication. Now, the latest science reveals that fine-tuning many long-held health habits may lead to even better results.
By Stephanie Woodard from Reader's Digest Magazine | November 2012
Eat fruits and vegetables; they can reduce your diabetes risk and protect your heart.
Eat many kinds of fruits and veggies. In a new study, people who ate at least 12 types each week had a lower diabetes risk than those who ate a less diverse mix—regardless of overall quantity. Mix arugula with your
romaine, snack on fruit salad, pile new veggies onto your sandwich.
Lose weight—even just a little—for better blood sugar control.
Don’t worry if it’s taking a while to slim down. In a 2012 review paper,
Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, noted that exercise alone improved the ability
of previously sedentary, middle-aged adults to metabolize sugars,
regardless of whether they lost any weight. Their total cholesterol
Get enough hours of sleep; research links too little shut-eye to increased diabetes risk.
Make it a good night’s sleep—sleep quality may matter as much to your
health as the number of hours of slumber you log. Research shows that
poor sleep affects your body’s ability to properly metabolize sugar and
disrupts the hormones that regulate your appetite, which can lead to weight gain and increase your diabetes risk.