Reduce Diabetes Risks with 5 Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 21:58
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Reduce your risk of diabetes After some research into diabetics and longevity the World Diabetes Congress reported that the top 20% of those who followed the top 5 healthy lifestyle factors found that they had a 58 percent lower death rate than those in the bottom 40 percent.

That is a huge number when it comes to living a longer healthier life and so I thought it would be a benefit to everyone (diabetic or not) to follow these factors. So although there are many healthy behaviors to follow, the research narrowed it down to just these 5.

1. Physical activity
2. Not smoking
3. Higher healthy eating index
4. Moderate alcohol intake (1-2 drinks per week)
5. Maintaining weight or trying to lose weight in the past 12 months

"Among the healthy behaviors studied, regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity was most protective for those with diabetes," said Saydah, a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta.

"Moderate to vigorous physical activity significantly reduced the risk of dying in both adults with and without diabetes, whereas moderate alcohol use, was only protective only in people with diabetes."

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