9 Surprising Diabetes Risks
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- 1. Watching two hours or more of TV daily
- 2. Drinking one soda a day
- 3. Skipping breakfast
- 4. A bout of major depression
- 5. A large waist -- even if you're at a normal weight
- 6. Waking up in the middle of the night
- 7. Eating fast food more than twice a week
- 8. High stress
- 9. Consuming lots of processed meat (like hot dogs and bacon)
5. A large waist -- even if you're at a normal weight
Raises your risk: 330 percent
How: Scientists suggest that the fat in your abdomen (aka visceral fat) produces compounds hat make cells insulin-resistant. According to the American Heart Association, women should try to keep their waist size below 35 inches.
The fix: Do 30 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise three to five times a week. "This can melt belly fat better than dieting," says Jill Kanaley, PhD, an exercise physiologist at Syracuse University.
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