You’ve always known that a healthy lifestyle can go a long way to prevent many diseases and keep you alive and well. A good diet consisting of a lot of fruit and vegetables and a good exercising program can help you steer clear of type 2 diabetes.
Even if this might not be the newest piece of information in the field, some guidelines to a healthy lifestyle are always welcome . This is what the researchers from the Community Preventive Services Task Force thought about when they published a study on it in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
The team’s members were appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to the agency’s website, the study , “provides evidence-based recommendations on preventive services, programs, and policies for community populations.”
The researchers reviewed 53 comprehensive studies which, in turn, analyzed the effectiveness of 66 health programs that proposed various dietary plans and physical exercises. Most of them also included support and counseling and all of them targeted people who were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The results of the research showed that most of these programs were incredibly effective in preventing people from getting type 2 diabetes. However, even if this information is available for people who are at risk, there is still a very large percent of people who have the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that an alarming 9 percent of Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes. Moreover, an unhealthy lifestyle is responsible for many non-communicable diseases (NCD) that are the cause behind 68 percent deaths all over the world.
Some of the most common non-communicable disease include strokes, heart diseases, diabetes, various types of cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and many others. There are many risk factors that can contribute to the development of these conditions, such as genetics, obesity, smoking, pollution or lack of exercise.
The high mortality rate associated with NCDs prompted health officials and organizations to call for an “all hands on deck” approach to have as many authorities do more to promote a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent and combat NCDs.
People who are most at risk of developing NCDs are overweight individuals who fail to have a high-quality, nutritious diet and do exercise.
Eating healthier and doing sports are the first and most important steps to feeling better and keeping clear of diseases. Moreover, it involves minimal costs and it is highly effective.
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