Steps Towards Diabetes Prevention

We recently covered the basics of Diabetes and now want to continue the discussion. Your health and wellness is our priority at Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute. This is why we treat each and every one of our clients on an individual basis with different strategies based on their individual needs. No case is the same and never let a healthcare professional tell you otherwise. When you attend one of our free informational seminars in Melbourne, FL or set up a consultation, we are confident you will be able to see a difference. Losing the excess weight permanently is about so much more than aesthetics. Your life could be on the line. Obesity carries with it the likelihood of developing other life-threatening illnesses; diseases that could potentially be prevented by losing the extra weight.

Diabetes is one of the most common comorbidities associated with obesity. A recent study analyzing data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that obese individuals were at least 6 times more likely to develop diabetes than those of average weight. Along with the diagnosis, medical costs for those suffering from diabetes is 3 times that of those without the diagnosis. Your health and life savings are at risk, but there are things you can do to lessen the likelihood of developing diabetes.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, ninety-percent of cases, roughly 9 out of 10, can be prevented by making lifestyle changes. This is great news for anyone who is considered “prediabetic” or concerned about their current blood glucose levels. If this is you, here are some steps you can take to reverse your chances of a diabetes diagnosis.

Lose the Weight

By regulating your weight, you can make profound strides towards prevention. Losing just 7 to 10 percent of your body weight, if you are above a healthy range, is a great first step. You can achieve this by being mindful of the foods you put into your body and creating a caloric deficit. Effective weight loss means eating nutrient-dense foods in the right amounts to sustainably fuel your body each day. Perhaps bariatric surgery is what you need to make this lasting change. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have.

Get Moving

Our bodies were not designed for the stationary lifestyle that many Americans have adopted. This being said, you do not have to go overboard. By simply incorporating 30 minutes of moderate exercise equating to 150 minutes a week, you can do your body good.

Quit Smoking

We all know the adverse effects of smoking, but did you know that smokers are around fifty-percent more likely to develop diabetes than non-smokers? Do yourself a favor and quit for good!