Dr. Taz MD’s Weekly Q&A, November 20th, 2013

Q: I am in my twenties and do not have diabetes, but my sweet tooth and family history of diabetes makes me nervous about developing it in the future. What steps can I take to lower my risk?

A: Diabetes is a modern day disease of inflammation, so anything  you can do to lower inflammation is critical.  Diet is probably the most important factor, with insulin regulation the key to diabetes prevention. Limit sweets and carbohydrates, trading them for high fiber fruits and vegetables or protein.  Eat consistently through the day and at regular intervals.  Finally, exercise helps to manage insulin, so creating a consistent exercise regimen is important.  Getting on the right track in your 20’s, guarantees healthy decades to come.

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