An estimated 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which glucose levels are elevated but not enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.
Are you at risk?
The most common form of diabetes is type 2, which is caused by genes, ethnicity and age as well as lifestyle factors including physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Although it is not possible to change your genetic information, there are plenty of lifestyle choices you can make to minimize your risk.
Lose weight, stay active and eat healthy.
Just 10-15 pounds in weight loss could make a huge difference. Once you achieve your weight goal, stay active to keep those pounds off. Pair this with a reduced-calorie meal plan and your chance of developing type 2 diabetes will be reduced.
If you have recently been diagnosed, remember one of the best ways to manage your diabetes is to check your blood glucose levels every day. Your levels will allow you to make decisions about food, physical activity and medication.
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