Family diabetes reasons are complex. They differ in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Environment and genetics play a major role in both cases of diabetes. If any of your blood relations has diabetes, you are more likely to get it. So, contact your physician and talk to him about your family history of diabetes. Your doctor can help you with guidelines to prevent or delay diabetes. In some cases, early diagnosis and prevention can help in diabetic reversal.

Factors Helping in Preventing Or Delaying Diabetes Onset

The key factors that can help to prevent or delay diabetes with a family history are awareness, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing a perfect body weight, and consuming a healthy diet.


Knowing about your family health history may help for early diagnosis. Moreover, awareness regarding diabetes symptoms and signs is also crucial. It helps in preventing complications. Genetic factor's role varies in the types of diabetes. In the case of type 2 diabetes, lifestyle factors have more influence than genetics. Here is the list of early signs and symptoms of diabetes.

Type-1 diabetes symptoms

1. Feeling hungry frequently, even after eating.
2. Tiredness & Fatigue.
3. feeling thirsty unusually
4. Mood changes
5. Belly pain & Dehydration
6. Weight Loss

Type -2 diabetes symptoms

1. Frequent skin Infection.
2. Wound taking time to heal.
3. Weight Loss.
4. Frequent Urination.
5. Feeling Thirst frequently

Following a healthy lifestyle:

Knowing how lifestyle, environment, and genes affect diabetes, can assist in reducing the risk of developing the condition and complications. Lifestyle changes lessen the chances of getting diabetes. Irrespective of the family history of diabetes, maintaining better and healthier lifestyles helps in preventing or reducing the risk of developing diabetes and also improves overall health.

Maintaining proper body Weight:

Being overweight is the prime factor of increasing the chances of developing diabetes in multi-folds. Obesity makes 20-40 times more likely to develop diabetes than somebody with a healthy weight. If you cut down your weight by 7-10 % will reduce the chance of diabetes onset in half. Even though not everyone with diabetes is obese, but the majority of type-2 diabetic persons are obese.

Insulin resistance and inflammation due to excess visceral fat increase the diabetes risk rate. Accumulated stubborn abdominal fat increases the probability of developing diabetes. Thus, weight loss is being a significant reason to reduce the risk of diabetes. A planned low carbs diet will help hugely in diabetic reversal.

Improving physical activity:

1. Regular physical activity helps to reduce overweight, lowers blood pressure, boosts insulin sensitivity, which in turn helps to maintain blood sugar levels within the normal range.

2. Doing aerobic exercise moderately or vigorously for at least 30 minutes like swimming, brisk walking or running maintains a healthy weight.

3. Resistance exercises such as yoga, weightlifting at least 2-3- times a week improve balance, strength and maintains an active life.

4. Limited inactivity, sitting in front of the computer without any breaks should be avoided. At least stand, walk and do some light activity works for every thirty minutes.

Eating healthy fats:

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, i.e., unsaturated fats aid in promoting healthy blood cholesterol levels, good cardiac and vascular health. Good fat sources are almonds, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds. Salmon, sardines, cod and tuna fish, cottonseed, sunflower, safflower oils. You may eat small parts of meats, dairy products that contain bad fats. Eating lean chicken, low-fat dairy products and pork is capable of limiting saturated fats, i.e., bad fats. Diabetic reversal might start when healthy essential diets are consumed.

Improve Vitamin D levels:

To control blood sugar, Vitamin D is vital. Studies found that people with insufficient Vitamin D or whose blood levels are extremely low have a greater risk of diabetes. It is highly recommended by the Health organization to maintain a vitamin D blood level of at least 30 ng/ml (75 nmol/l). A study found that people with the highest vitamin D levels in blood were 43% less likely to develop diabetes than those with the lowest Vitamin D levels in the blood. Another study reported that children who took Vitamin D supplements had a 78% lower risk of developing Type 1 diabetes than those who were treated less than the recommended amount of Vitamin D. Fatty fish, cod liver oil and sun exposure increases vitamin D level naturally in the blood.

Avoid fad diets:

Paleo/keto diets may help in losing weight. The long-term benefits of such diets prevent diabetes. When you fill your plate with One-quarter of whole grains, One-half of fruit and non-starchy vegetables, and One-quarter of protein-rich foods, such as legumes, fish, or lean meats, it means you are eating a healthy diet.

Regular medical checkup

1. A key to diabetes reversal is to have an early diagnosis. Since you have a family history of diabetes, you should get regularly tested for diabetes during a medical checkup. In this way early diagnosis can be done.

2. Moreover, if you have health issues like heart problems, liver problems, kidney problems you are at higher risk of diabetes. So get diabetes tested during your regular medical examinations.

3. Finally, if you find that you are noticing any of the symptoms or signs related to diabetes, consult the doctor immediately and get tested for diabetes. The most common symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, unusual desire for drinking water, fatigue, slow-healing wounds, regular skin infection especially fungal infection, etc.

Consider Natural herbs

Few herbs may improve insulin sensitivity and decrease the progression of diabetes.

1. Curcumin is a component of the spice turmeric. It is the main spice in curries. Its strong anti-inflammatory properties are used in Ayurvedic medicines. It is highly effective against arthritis and reduces inflammatory conditions among pre-diabetics. A 9-month study had been conducted on 240 pre-diabetic adults. People who took 750 mg of curcumin daily had not developed diabetes.

Additionally, curcumin experienced increased insulin sensitivity and promoted the functioning of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

2. Berberine is seen in several herbs and has been used in Chinese medicine. Studies reported that it tends to fight against inflammation and lower cholesterol, among other cardiac diseases. Research conducted on Type 2 diabetics and reported that they have experienced Berberine's strong-blood-sugar-decreasing properties. A large analysis found that Berberine is as effective as Metformin, a diabetes drug in decreasing blood sugar levels. How it happens is, it works by promoting insulin sensitivity and reducing the sugar release by the liver.

Bottom line:

In a nutshell, when one in a family has diabetes, the whole family must know about it, so they can support the diabetic. The best way of supporting a diabetic is to join him/her in a healthy lifestyle. If Type 2 diabetes runs in a family, it can be delayed or prevented with early detection. Early diagnosis is critical as it can give complete freedom of Diabetes reversal. You can learn more about it by joining our online diabetes reversal program by Breathe Well-Being.

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