There are 415 million people with diabetes and that number continues to rise. Simple lifestyle changes can prevent and/or delay the onset of diabetes and its complications. Getting regular physical activity, eating healthier, and managing weight are the pillars of prevention. It comes as no surprise that these pillars are also three factors in managing chronic inflammation which plays a key role in the development of diabetes. Check out the tips below to help you manage and/or prevent chronic inflammation:
- Focus on your fiber intake. Soluble fiber can help lower your cholesterol level and improve blood glucose control if eaten in large amounts. A diet high in whole grains, beans, legumes, vegetables, and fruit will ensure that you are meeting your daily needs, plus you get the benefit of all the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that these powerhouses contain!
- Drinking water, unsweetened tea, and other unsweetened beverages will help prevent excess calorie intake which will help maintain a stable weight and prevent inflammation.
- Choose lean meat and plant proteins over other sources that are higher in saturated fat.
- Season and flavor your food with herbs, spices, and aromatics versus the usual salt, sugar, and fat.These pack a large punch of anti-inflammatory properties versus the others which are inflammation triggers.
- Get physical activity every day. If you are able to walk 10 minutes after each meal you will reach the minimum activity recommendations of 30 minutes per day to control chronic inflammation and improve heart health.