You Can Prevent Diabetes With Exercise

Every November, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to learn more about diabetes due to the alarming rise in the number of people diagnosed with the disease each year.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (the body's preferred form of energy) to enter the cells. (Type 1 diabetes is typically a genetic condition diagnosed in childhood.) Nearly 21 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and up to 95 percent of them have type 2 diabetes; even more are at risk for the disease. For many, type 2 diabetes can be prevented (or postponed) with a healthy lifestyle, like the South Beach Diet , which emphasizes lean proteins and the right fats and carbs along with regular exercise.

In response to a landmark study known as the Diabetes Prevention Program, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) created an initiative to encourage those at risk of type 2 diabetes to make healthy lifestyle changes. The NIH recommends that people with pre-diabetes (higher-than-normal blood sugar, but not yet diabetes) participate in 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.

Acceptable physical activities can be as simple as walking the dog or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The South Beach Diet Fitness Club is also a great way to stay fit and active. Every week, South Beach Diet® Fitness Club members get up to five complete workouts, each with a walking program, gentle preparation exercises, and core routines that target your middle while strengthening your entire body. This is a step in preventing or controlling type 2 diabetes.



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