Have you just found out that you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But you don’t have it yet. You may think that this is bad news. However this is really good news as you now have the chance to make changes that can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes. More than half of all cases can be prevented or delayed.
Take action now and it will make all the difference to your health in the years ahead.
Where to start?
You can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by:
- Having a healthy diet
- Doing more exercise
- Losing weight
This may be simple for a few people, but some people may struggle. Most people know they need to make changes, but what can be difficult is knowing how to do it especially long-lasting changes.
Remember, if you enjoy something, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Here are some tips to get you inspired:
- Don’t forget, you’re not alone, you can always get support and there is lots out there to help you.
- Set goals which are realistic and work for you.
- Change one thing at a time and make the changes part of your everyday lifestyle.
Make the most of all the support and services available in your area. Ask your GP about:
- a weight-loss programme or group
- a registered dietitian or exercise specialist
- a Type 2 diabetes prevention programme
- other local services to help you move more and eat better.
- It can also help to talk to family and friends
Set realistic goals
It is likely that you may have good days and bad days, but don’t let a bad day put you off.
Set yourself realistic goals that fit in with how you live your life. Choose the healthy food and activities that you like best. This will really help you stay on track.
And think ahead about anything that could stop you from achieving your goal, and plan how you could overcome this
Make changes part of your everyday
If you start to change too many things in your everyday routine it can make it difficult to stick to them in the long run. Start with small things you can change about your everyday routine and build up to more.
We know it can be hard to stay motivated, but remember you’re in this for the long run. Keep telling yourself that our risk of developing diabetes is serious and you can’t reduce your risk by eating better or moving more for just a couple of weeks. Maybe have signs up or alarms to remind yourself of the change you need to make to live a healthy life!
Remember if you are at risk it is important to make changes now rather than later! You can do it!
For more information check out this website https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/can-diabetes-be-prevented