No matter your age, sex, or personal background, your health is a prime concern. I hope you have realized this already, which means you have been prompted to act in certain ways. Or, perhaps you are still unaware maintaining your well-being is crucial as you age.

There comes a time to ask yourself the right questions. Questions that will shed light as to where your health currently stands and give you a perspective on your future. Health is the number one thing many of us take for granted, which can be a lamentable source of regret no one should be forced to end. Many people get a surprise when the doctor hands them a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Below are some questions you bought to ask yourself if you have not already …

1. Am I happy with my body? This one is not purely based on appearance. Your weight may be a factor affecting your self-esteem but much more is in play. Are you discontent with your body weight? It is undeniably true being overweight poses concerns often disregarded or overlooked. These fears are legitimate because of your weight, particularly your body composition, is a primary factor in determining the quality of your well-being.

2. Am I eating properly? Unfortunately, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” as you have heard almost all your life, is not enough. You likely need to eat more fruits and vegetables than you think. But you also need a proper balance of nutrients, which is rarely mentioned. Complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fat sources should be your staples because they are essentials.

3. Is my hunger under control? You are going to be hungry sometimes: it is inevitable. But are you able to tame it? The No. 1 reason obesity is an epidemic in modern society is due to a lack of self-discipline towards hunger. It is not always easy to resist a nagging appetite, but the ability to resist is a must if you are to be healthy. Type 2 diabetes is another common disease that surfaces when an appetite is not controlled.

4. Am I physically active? This is a yes or no question. If you are not currently physically active, you are either making excuses or not aware exercise is necessary to maintain a healthy body. As mentioned earlier, you do not want to regret your poor health choices so do not allow a present mistake to underamine your future. Get active, and enjoy the benefits of living a physically active lifestyle.

5. How is my health today? Many wait until the last minute before assessing where their health stands. Do not make the same mistake. Get a check-up if you have not had one recently. You may not know it, but it could save you. As Type 2 diabetes develops, it announces itself in all sorts of ways, some of them minor and others are really in your face.

By asking yourself the right questions, you can steer your health in the best direction.