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Why is a healthy lifestyle so important for me?

A healthy lifestyle reduces your risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

A Finnish diabetes prevention study showed that people who improved their lifestyle, compared to those with a poor lifestyle, were 58% less likely to develop diabetes over the following 3.2 years.

People are less likely to develop diabetes when they:

  1. Exercise regularly

  2. Lower their body weight

  3. Increase their dietary fibre intake

  4. Reduce the amount of fats in their diet

REFERENCE

Lindström, J., Louheranta, A., Mannelin, M., Rastas, M., Salminen, V., Eriksson, J., Uusitupa, M., Tuomilehto, J., & Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study Group (2003). The Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study (DPS): Lifestyle intervention and 3-year results on diet and physical activity. Diabetes care, 26(12), 3230–3236. https://doi.org/10.2337/diacare.26.12.3230