According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 9 out of 10 cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented if people exercised more, ate better, stopped smoking and adopted other healthy behaviors.
The study findings suggest behavior is the main culprit in type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, and that 91% of the diabetes cases that appeared among 85,000 female nurses could be linked to habits and forms of behavior.Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot properly use the blood sugar-controlling hormone insulin. Obesity is known to be a major contributor to the condition.
Women who exercised for 7 or more hours per week were half as likely to develop diabetes than women who exercised for less than half an hour weekly, the researchers found. As a bonus the researchers noticed that the precautions for preventing type 2 diabetes, including exercise and weight control, also guard against heart disease. Research suggests these five factors contribute to obesity and poor health, and they all need to be considered if we are to successfully address this obesity epidemic:
If you or your child are overweight you don’t have to figure out all of the answers alone. We have the ability to help find the root of the problem and address it in an educated and healthy way.