Reducing your risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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The factors affecting our risk of developing type 2 diabetes are often oversimplified. Developing diabetes is not something which happens overnight – it takes years for problems to build up enough to reach the point where a formal diagnosis can be made. ⁠

Intervening much earlier with lifestyle changes can often be really useful in reversing the insulin resistance which can cause type 2 diabetes. ⁠

Many of us are aware that diet is a key factor in the development of diabetes but it isn’t the only one and, for most people with diabetes, there will have been more than one factor contributing to their development of the disease. ⁠

Here are some of the main contributing factors:⁠

🍬Excessive sugar consumption⁠
🛋Physical inactivity⁠
💪Low muscle mass⁠
🍟Diet high in processed foods⁠
🤯Persistently high stress levels⁠
☀️Low levels of vitamin D⁠
⚠️Environmental toxins⁠
😴Chronic sleep deprivation⁠
🦠Disturbed gut microbiome ⁠

So, like all healthy lifestyle changes, if you’re focussed on improving your insulin sensitivity, it’s important to take a holistic, 360 approach! Getting into a healthy routine in terms of nutrition, movement, sleep and relaxation is so important for every aspect of our health 🙂⁠

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