The great news is that targeting some of the main things that support brain health also reduces the risk of diabetes: we can get two benefits for the price of one! You can find out more about these in other months of the brain health calendar:
- Maintaining our weight in a healthy range
- Developing a habit of regular physical exercise
- Developing an increasingly healthy diet
- Maintaining our blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a heathy range
From mid-life onwards, it is important for everyone to know how their body is doing managing its glucose control. This can be checked with a simple blood test. If “insulin resistance” starts to develop, it is important to manage this as early in our lives as possible because it is much easier to fix when it is mild, before any damage has been done. Lifestyle changes are always part of the management plan.
None of this means that it is someone’s ‘fault’ if they develop diabetes: as Diabetes New Zealand says: “Love, don’t judge”.