You've just found out that you're at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But you don't have it yet - That's the really good news. It means that you now have the chance to make changes that can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes.
More than half of all cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed Take action now and it will make all the difference to your health in the years ahead.
Where to start? You can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by:
Simple, right? We know it's not that simple and we're here to help you get started. Most people know they need to make changes, but what can be difficult is knowing how to do it – especially long-lasting changes. Remember, if you enjoy something, you're more likely to stick to it. Here are some tips to get you inspired:
Don't forget, you're not alone in this - there's lots of support out there to help you.
Set goals which are realistic and work for you.
Change one thing at a time and make the changes part of your everyday.
Get support The first thing to remember is that you don't have to face this alone! At FIT we offer loads of support, for whatever your health goals are. Our monthly reviews are a great way of catching up with your trainer, tracking your progress and keeping on top of your health. It also gives us a chance to take a look at your programme and make adjustments when we need to. Our friendly, female fitness coaches are always on hand to give you support and keep you motivated too - so make sure you attend regularly and use us!
It can also help to talk to family and friends – ask them to get involved too. It will help if they understand what you're doing and why it's so important. Plus, eating better and moving more is good for everyone, so you can do this together.
Think about sharing your story – it could really help motivate others.
diabetes.org.uk is a great online resource, and they have trained councillors available on their helpline 0345 123 2399 Set realistic goals Like everything in life, you'll have good days and bad days, but don't let a bad day put you off. Set yourself realistic goals that fit in with how you live your life. Choose the healthy food and activities that you like best. This will really help you stay on track. And think ahead about anything that could stop you from achieving your goal, and plan how you could overcome this.
Consider a Fitness Tracker Fitness trackers are a great way to keep you accountable and focused. Personally, I find the Fitbit trackers really easy to set up, and use and their app is great for tracking your calories, hydration and much more. If you aren't so good with technology, then a trusty diary can do the job too.
By putting a plan in place and noting down your progess, you'll be able to see the positive changes you're making.
Make changes part of your everyday Changing too many things at the same time can make them difficult to stick to in the long run. Start with small things you can change about your everyday routine and build up to more.
We know it can be hard to stay motivated, but remember you're in this for the long run. Your risk of developing diabetes is serious and you can't reduce your risk by eating better or moving more for just a couple of weeks.
By building healthy meals into family life and moving more to help you get from A to B, you can maintain these changes and look forward to a healthy future.