Type 2 diabetes can affect anyone, but there are some who have a higher risk factor for the disease. They:
- Are overweight and don’t exercise
- Have low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides
- Have high blood pressure
- Are over the age of 45
- Have family member with type 2 diabetes
- Have prediabetes
- Are members of certain racial or ethnic groups including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders
The first thing you can do is know your risk. If you’re worried that you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, take this diabetes risk test and speak with your doctor about how to make these suggested healthy changes.
Making healthier choices can change some of these risk factors.
Losing weight will help you lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, even losing 10 to 15 pounds and keeping that weight off can make a big difference. If you want to lose weight and start to live healthier, here are a few things that work for people who have lost weight:
- They have started to eat healthier meals with better portion sizes. Use these resources to build a healthier diet.
- They eat breakfast every day.
They incorporate physical activity into their week. Learn what physical activity can do to help you lose weight and mitigate your risk.
They keep track of what they consume during the day, and how much they exercise every day. There are plenty of smart phone apps, online programs and other helpful ways to keep track. Speak to your doctor about the ones they would recommend.
Losing weight is all about changing your habits, making healthier food choices and increasing your activity.
Another thing you can do to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes is increasing your HDL cholesterol with these suggestions.
Sources: WebMD.com, American Diabetes AssociationMore