If you have been reading along, you’ve learned that diabetes is a leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease.  Fortunately, Type II Diabetes can all be avoided with a little prevention and simple lifestyle changes.  Making these changes might seem difficult at first, but will quickly provide you the benefit of feeling better and stronger.

The first step you should take to prevent Type II diabetes is to get a full blood panel.  You can email my office at info@kaplanbrainandbody.com if you need a blood work prescription.  Upon receiving the results of your blood work, I will review specific findings which are important to detect early signs of Diabetes, including your fasting glucose level and Hemoglobin A1C.  

Another proactive step you can take to prevent diabetes is making a commitment to intermittent fasting.  This has been clinically proven to reduce diabetics’ numbers.  Intermittent fasting is easy – you only eat between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day.  In the hours before and after, you can drink water to stay hydrated.  Also consider avoiding all electronic devices for the 2 hours before bedtime to regulate your sleep cycle.  This helps reduce the body’s release of the stress hormone cortisol.  When too much cortisol is released at night, it can create belly fat.

Everyone should avoid refined sugar and carbohydrates.  Instead of having cake or candy to satisfy your sweet tooth, try switching to fruit like bananas or apples which also have dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.  Sugar has been scientifically proven to be more addictive than some narcotic drugs, so detoxing completely might be challenging.  However, after eliminating refined sugar or corn syrup from your diet, you might begin to notice how excessively sweet some of these products are.  Maybe you’ll notice subtle sweetness in other foods, like cinnamon!

There is more to preventing diabetes than just diet.  Reducing stress in your life is another important skill that is significant in diabetes prevention.  Most of us have busy lives.  We need to react to our schedules and stressful circumstances in healthy ways.  Exercise or meditation classes along with yoga can help us look at our lives with a new, healthier perspective – positivity and calmness – which lets our bodies function the way they’re supposed to.

If you follow these tips and make these lifestyle changes, you can help yourself prevent Type II Diabetes.  Your neurological function will improve, and if your brain is functioning well, the rest of your body can do its job.  Brain health and vitality is possible by making the right choices and reinforcing healthy habits until you create a healthy lifestyle.

If you are interested in Dr. Kaplan’s services please contact us at 201-261-2150 or visit our website www.kaplandc.com. To download a free copy of Dr. Kaplan’s book visit  www.17waystopreventalzheimers.com/download