American Indians and Alaska Natives are diagnosed with diabetes more often than any other ethnic group in the United States. One out of every six adults have it – and that’s double the general population’s rate. Why, you ask? Let’s dive into it.
While research suggests genetics plays a role in developing diabetes, lifestyle factors play a bigger one. Take control of your health by looking at your risks in the following categories:
It is important to be proactive when it comes to these. Read the tip below on how to do so.
Physical activity, or lack thereof
The less active you are, the greater your chance of getting diabetes. Physical activity helps control your weight, uses up glucose as energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.
Small changes can go a long way to reduce your diabetes risk. Aiming for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate movement a day is a good place to start. Try taking a daily walk after dinner or several 10-minute exercise breaks from morning to night.
If you want something more, talking to a physical trainer can provide specific activities unique to your situation. Don’t dread it – find the right plan for you!
Stay tuned this whole week for more information on diabetes prevention! Find updates on www.uicsl.org.