Diabetes Prevention Tip: Have 2 hours of device-free time

Going device-free for a minimum of two hours might aid in the prevention of diabetes.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), one in 11 adults is suffering from diabetes. And if statistics are to be believed, the incidence of diabetes in tier 2 cities has increased by 200%, says Dr Shashank Joshi, President Endocrine Society of India. Of the many factors that increase your risk of diabetes like hypertension, unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical exercise and stress, one factor that most people are unaware of is the time spent on devices. Here are 10 tips to prevent diabetes.

The incessant use of smartphones might be attributed to the increase in the number of people suffering from diabetes in the tier 2 cities as compared to those in the remote areas. This is because excessive use of devices mainly your smartphone not only strains your eyes thereby affecting your sleep pattern, it also induces stress but it also increases the risk of lifestyle diseases like hypertension and diabetes. Hence, it is important to cut down your smartphone usage to lower your risk of diabetes. Here are 5 signs that you are addicted to a smartphone.

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In the age of internet and mobile, it is practically impossible to go without a device. However, making sure to having two hours of device-free time not only improves the quality of life but also might help you to prevent diabetes, suggests Dr Shashank. If you have been working on computers for 9 hours at a stretch avoid surfing on mobiles as it might only worsen the condition. Also, use of electronic devices just before sleep or reading on e-readers can lead to trouble in sleeping. Here's how to prevent diabetes with 30 minutes of daily exercise.

Not just this, even following a nutrient-rich diet, avoiding eating too much of junk food, exercising every day without fail , getting a good night s sleep and staying away from stress are some of the key points that might help you to prevent diabetes in the long run.

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