2. Walk a little every day
In one large U.S. study, it took just nearly one mile of walking a day to slash the risk of dying from diabetes by more than a third. Believe it or not, if you walk about 6 miles a week, you’ll be 34 percent less likely to die from heart disease, the leading cause of death in people with diabetes—and nearly 40 percent less likely to die from all diabetes-related causes. Why? Walking makes your cells more receptive to insulin, which leads to better control of blood sugar. It also raises the levels of good cholesterol.