6 Ways to Lower Your Diabetes Risk

6 Ways to Lower Your Diabetes Risk

If you¹re one of the millions of Americans at risk of diabetes, you may be overwhelmed by the thought of overhauling your diet and lifestyle. But take heart. New research shows that even small fixes can reduce your risk.

Give Up Soda

Just one or two sugar-sweetened beverages a day increase your risk of diabetes by 26 percent, a new Harvard School of Public Health review of studies finds. For a healthy alternative, try green tea, or seltzer with unsweetened cranberry or pomegranate juice.

Eat Healthy Fats

Adopting the Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of fish and heart-healthy olive oil, can lower your risk of diabetes by a whopping 83 percent. “Olive oil is a good fat that boosts insulin sensitivity,” explains Minneapolis dietitian Jackie Boucher.

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