Diabetes remains one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. According to the CDC, in addition to the thirty-four million Americans living diabetes, more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes (88 million). The good news is that people who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes to their lifestyle, like getting more physical activity, eating healthy foods, losing weight and seeking support from their doctor.
Lower your risk (type 2 diabetes):
- Take small steps—Making changes to your lifestyle and daily habits can be hard, but you don’t have to change everything at once. Start small.
- Be active—Aim to get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days each week.
- Eat healthy—Choose foods that are high in fiber and low in fat, sugar, and refined carbs.
- Manage your weight—Losing 5-7% of your starting weight can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, excess weight in the midsection promotes inflammation and insulin resistance, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Seek support from your doctor—People are more successful at managing their prediabetes if they have regular contact and support from trusted health care professionals.
- Stay up to date on vaccinations—The COVID-19 and flu vaccines are
important for people who may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 or the flu, such as people with diabetes.
Know your risk: Take a quick 7-question assessment of your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Talk to your health care provider and take a blood test to find out your actual risk.
Take action! Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes is a program designed for people diagnosed with prediabetes or who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This program is free for North Carolina residents: North Carolinians only pay $30 and receive all $30 back for meeting attendance and tracking requirements (a $430 value).
This month classes start the week of Nov. 15. Space is limited. Register soon!