How can I lower my risk for diabetes?
You can do a lot to lower your risk. The small steps you take can lead to big rewards.
➜Reach and maintain a reasonable body weight.
➜Make wise food choices most of the time.
➜Be physically active every day.
➜Take your prescribed medicines.
Doing these things can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol on target also helps you stay healthy.
Making changes in your life such as eating less can be hard. You can make the changes easier by taking these steps:
➜Make a plan to change something that you do.
➜Decide exactly what you will do and when you will do it.
➜Plan what you need to get ready.
➜Think about what might prevent you from reaching your goal.
➜Find family and friends who will support and encourage you.
➜Decide how you will reward yourself—with a nonfood item or activity—when you do what you have planned.
Your doctor, a nutritionist, or a counselor can help you make a plan.
Excerpt from a publication from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).