Type 2 Diabetes is also known as a “lifestyle disease.” This means it is associated with the lifestyle choices that we make. There are several factors that contribute to developing Type 2 Diabetes. Here are the four main contributing factors1:
1. Blood Pressure– Having high blood pressure is a key contributor to Type 2, or Adult Onset, Diabetes.
2. Inactivity– Living a sedentary lifestyle contributes to being overweight or obese, putting you at a greater risk.
3. B.M.I.– An elevated Body Mass Index is a known risk factor.
4. Cholesterol– Having low HDL (the good cholesterol) and high triglycerides is associated with insulin resistance.
The American Diabetes Association suggests only 150 minutes of brisk walking weekly for at-risk, pre-diabetic, and diabetic individuals2. If you aren’t conditioned for strenuous or high-impact exercise, walking is the perfect low-risk entry point to spark change: