Recent research described in the Wall Street Journal shows that healthy habits can help to reduce the likelihood of diabetes, even if one is obese. Diabetes is a devastating disease, causing impotence, stroke, heart attack, amputation… Obesity has lead to a growing “epidemic” of diabetes in developed countries, including the US. Asians and Asian-Americans develop diabetes at lower weights than others, too.
Adults, middle-aged and up, can cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as 80% by adhering to a combination of five healthy-lifestyle habits, a new analysis shows.
In separate calculations of how factors add up to reduce risk, researchers found that men and women whose diet and exercise both were considered in the healthy range were just under 30% less likely to develop diabetes. When being a nonsmoker was added to diet and exercise, those people were about one-third less likely to develop the disease.