Nearly two million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed last year. Lower your risk with the help of these tips from the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes by Hope S. Warshaw and Joy Pape:
Sleep more. Snoozing less than five hours per night significantly raises your risk for type 2 diabetes. Get more shut-eye by shaving 10 minutes off your bedtime every few weeks.
Watch your weight. Ballooning serving sizes can make it tough, but controlling your calorie intake will go a long way toward lowering your weight and diabetes risk.
Laugh more. One small study found that after two months, diabetics’ “good” HDL cholesterol levels increased after watching a funny video for a half-hour every day. The researchers think regular laughter could reduce risk of the disease, too.