Is It Possible to Prevent Diabetes?

Preventing diabetes, which can lead to important problems such as cardiovascular diseases, vascular occlusion in the eye and conditions leading to blindness, cataract formation, kidney failure, lack of sense/feeling and limb loss, may be possible by identifying risky people and taking them into preventive programs before diabetes develops. Stating that Medistate Kavacık Hospital Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases Specialist Associate Professor Başak Karbek Bayraktar gave information about the precautions that can be taken to prevent this disease. Associate Professor Başak Karbek Bayraktar stated that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years in people diagnosed with diabetes is approximately 50% and said, “On the other hand, it has been shown that the risk of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or its occurrence can be delayed by up to 58% with simple lifestyle changes. It is possible to take precautions starting from childhood to prevent type 2 diabetes, which is much more common in society. ” he said.
Be active, stay healthy
Due to obesity and inactivity, Assoc. ” Regular moderate-intensity walking and similar activities for at least 30 minutes, at least 5 days a week, reduces the risk of diabetes by 35-40%. " he said.
Providing information to prevent type 2 diabetes and long-term organ damage, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Başak Karbek Bayraktar listed other precautions that should be taken in addition to being active as follows: One should try to maintain weight.
• Adequate and balanced nutrition should be provided; At least 5 (five) portions of vegetables and fruits should be consumed per day.
• 25-30% of daily energy should be provided from fats, and the rate of energy coming from saturated fatty acids should be below 10%.
• Simple carbohydrates such as sugar should not exceed ≤10% of daily energy, legumes and whole grain products should be preferred instead of simple carbohydrates.
• Daily salt intake should not exceed 5 g.
• Smoking. should not be used and excessive Alcohol consumption should be avoided.


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