Diabetes is a disease when your body does not make enough insulin or does not respond well to the insulin your body made, resulting in high blood sugar. There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Both impact blood sugar (glucose) levels, and if left untreated, can cause many complications. Type 2 diabetes typically develops later in life and is associated with weight gain (especially around the waist), and an unhealthy diet. Diabetes is on the rise in the United States.
How Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is essential to controlling blood sugars and preventing diabetes complications.
People who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy lifestyle changes. These changes include:
• Getting lots of physical activity
• Eating fiber-rich foods
• Eating whole grains
• Working towards a healthy weight
Controlling calories and portion sizes are key factors in weight management. Start by making small activity changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or choosing a parking spot furthest away from the door.
Are you at Risk?
For more information about Diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org. Check with your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your health.
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