Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Adult Onset Diabetes Prevention

Prevention of type 2 diabetes includes:

  • Avoiding obesity
  • Follow an exercise plan developed with your doctor
  • Eat a diet high in omega-3-fatty acids:
    • Salmon
    • Tuna
    • Mackerel
    • Trout
  • Eat a healthy heart diet:
  • Studies show that following a Mediterranean diet may cut the risk of developing diabetes in half. Elements of this diet include:
    • Abundant use of olive oil for cooking and dressing.
    • Increased consumption of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and fish
    • Reduction in total meat consumption
    • When eating meat, eating white meat and avoiding red meats and processed meats.
    • Preparation of homemade sauce with tomato, garlic, onion.
    • Use of olive oil to dress vegetables, pasta, rice, and other dishes.
    • Avoidance of butter, cream, fast-food, sweets, pastries, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
    • In alcohol drinkers, moderate consumption of red wine.

Prevention of long-term complications of type 2 diabetes includes:

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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