How not to get diabetes, even if you are at risk for it

Let’s say someone you care about (you?) is overweight. Enough overweight that you’re as nervous about type 2 diabetes as a roomful of freshmen is when the math teacher says, “Pop quiz!”

Maybe you’ve tried to lose weight but haven’t gotten far. Should you just curl up with a doughnut and wait for the big D? No way.

Think of us YOU Docs as Batman and Robin, swooping in (POW!) with an emergency plan to shield you from diabetes until the weight comes off. Here’s the plan: Besides maintaining a healthy weight, four factors keep diabetes at bay. If you combine any three of ’em, it’s like throwing up a force field between you and diabetes. The combo is more protective than the individual parts, a fact that has startled the experts.

It gets better: If you combine all four, you’ll start losing weight without half trying. Holy diabetes! What are the four steps? We thought you’d never ask. And we bet you’ve half-guessed.

1. Walk 30 minutes a day. Start slowly if you need to, but start. Buy a pedometer, and add a few more steps every day.

2. Drink lightly. Up to two drinks a day for men, one for women.

3. Eat smart. Lots of fruits and veggies, plenty of 100 percent whole grains, very lean protein (including at breakfast; it’ll curb your appetite later), a little low-fat or no-fat dairy, some nuts, a bit of dark chocolate.

4. Don’t smoke. If you do, use our YOU Can Quit plan at www.RealAge.com. It’s free, it’s proven.

Then kiss diabetes goodbye. BAM!

 

Got terrible allergies? This will make you feel better

Even we couldn’t find anything upbeat about allergies. There’s nothing fun about nonstop sneezing-blowing-dripping when fall harvests start or a cat purrs by, right?

Wrong. We’ve just seen some fascinating data that says allergies protect you from brain cancer.

How the heck do allergies keep good brain cells from going rogue? Something in the immune system’s overwrought reaction to allergens seems to help it recognize and wipe out bad brain-cancer cells. This appears to be especially true in men, who are somewhat more susceptible to the often-deadly brain tumors called glioma.

Do all the smart stuff that protects you from other cancers. Eat and exercise as if your life depends on it. Take extra vitamin D-3. Drink moderately if you drink. Don’t smoke. And don’t keep your cell phone glued to your head.

 

The YOU Docs — Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic — are the authors of “YOU: Losing Weight.” For more information go to www.RealAge.com.

 

Defensive food

Foods that will help prevent type 2 diabetes:

  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • 100 percent whole grains
  • Fish
  • Skinless poultry
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Olives
  • Dark chocolate
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