Simply walking 10,000 steps a day can reduce your risk for diabetes. An Australian study of close to 600 middle-aged adults, who walked 10,000 steps a day had lower body weights, smaller waists, and better insulin sensitivity. Walking daily can both lower your risk for diabetes and help manage the condition once diagnosed.
Coffee, your morning pick-me-up, may also be protective against type 2 diabetes. A protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) regulates the body’s sex hormones and has long been suspected of playing a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. It turns out, drinking coffee increases blood levels of SHBG.
In a study published in the journal Diabetes, women who drank 4 cups of regular coffee each day had higher levels of SHGB and were 56% less like to develop type 2 diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. Bad news for decafe lovers – decaffeinated coffee does not raise SHBG levels and does not lower diabetes risk.
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