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Eating Right, Exercise may Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

By Staci Amend
March 9, 2015

According to recent statistics, nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes—and with medical care costs for people with diabetes running more than twice those of those without, there’s more reason than ever to take preventive measures. Nearly 95% of diabetes cases in the U.S. are Type 2; this means patients’ bodies CAN produce insulin, but either they’re not producing enough, or their bodies aren’t using it effectively. While there is evidence that heredity plays a part, lifestyle is also a key contributor. Here are a few ways diet and exercise can lower your risk.

Weight loss
A 7% weight loss reduces risk for diabetes by 58%. Smart eating is a key factor in weight loss. If you’re already in the midst of your Jenny Craig weight loss journey, we’ve got some good news for you: you’re already taking steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes! Since obesity is one of the most common causes of this prevalent disease, making the decision to lose weight is obviously one of the best ways to prevent it. Better still, the foods that will naturally support healthy weight loss are also foods that can reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Here’s the proof: a recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that healthy eating can reduce diabetes risk in women from 32-55%, depending on your background. Study participants lowered their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks, trans fats and saturated fats such as rich cheeses, whole milk, ice cream and palm oil. They also increased their intake of whole-grain fiber, coffee and polyunsaturated fats such as soybean, safflower, canola and corn oil. The study concluded that for every 1,000 women, these dietary changes can prevent Type 2 diabetes in 5–8 women.

Move your body
Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for diabetes. Research has also shown that in addition to a low-fat, high-fiber diet, regular exercise—at least 30 minutes a day, five times per week—can help maintain weight loss, which helps prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Curious about your risk for Type 2 diabetes? Learn more about the symptoms, and when to see doctor, here. If you’re looking to help prevent diabetes, learn more about how you can lose weight with Jenny Craig. If you already have Type 2 diabetes, we can help you manage it with the Jenny Craig for Type 2 diabetes program.

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