There are no lifestyle changes that can lower your risk of type 1 diabetes. But type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight. That means there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing it. Around 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. If you maintain a healthy weight, you can reduce your risk of developing the condition.
If you think that you may already have symptoms of diabetes, see your GP.
If you are overweight or obese, you’re at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. You can find out if you’re a healthy weight by knowing your ideal weight from healthy weight calculator or you can calculate your BMI here.
For most people, if your BMI is 25 or above, you are in the overweight range, while a BMI of 30 or above puts you in the obese range.
BMI isn’t the only important measurement when it comes to your diabetes risk. Your waistline may also indicate that you’re carrying extra body fat, and are therefore at risk.
All women have an increased risk of diabetes if their waist measures more than 80cm (31.5 inches).
White or black men have an increased risk if their waist measures more than 94cm (37 inches).
Asian men have an increased risk if their waist measures more than 90cm (35 inches).
A healthy diet and physical activity are the key to a healthy weight, but that doesn’t have to mean going on a strict diet and spending hours at the gym. Simply begin eating more nutritious foods and get a little more physical activity (if you aren’t physically active now) and your body will come to its natural healthy weight.
Read: Lose Weight The Healthy Way for more information
A number of other risk factors can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, most of which can’t be controlled.