Preventing Diabetes

Currently type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. However, researchers are looking into the autoimmune process and environmental factors that lead to developing type 1 diabetes so that we may be able to prevent it in the future. On the other hand many cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or have the onset delayed by making positive lifestyle changes. Over two million Australians are already at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and have increased blood glucose levels, yet may not be aware of it.

It is predicted that you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by up to 58% by maintaining a healthy weight, being regularly physically active and following a well balanced meal plan.

Higher levels of fat found around the tummy are associated with increasing the likelihood of type 2 diabetes. A healthy diet of at least three well portioned controlled meals per day is recommended. The most important meal of the day is breakfast. New research has discovered that eating two to three hours after waking up will result in a lower risk for type 2 diabetes. Without having breakfast daily, the body is vulnerable to developing higher fluctuations in blood glucose levels and an increased risk of gaining weight.


Other than maintaining a healthy weight for diabetes prevention it is also important to:

  • Quit smoking
  • Manage cholesterol and blood pressure (this may require medication if recommended by your doctor)
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Regularly schedule check-ups with your doctor (particularly people with high genetic and family risk factors)


Use the Diabetes Australia Risk Calculator found at or come into the store to assess your risk of diabetes today!