Prevent Diabetes

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar levels are too high. With type 2 diabetes, this happens because your body does not make enough insulin, or it does not use insulin well (this is called insulin resistance). If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you might be able to prevent or delay developing it.

Who is at risk for type 2 diabetes?

Many Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Your chances of getting it depend on a combination of risk factors such as your genes and lifestyle. The risk factors include

•    Being overweight or having obesity

•    Being age 45 or older

•    A family history of diabetes

•    Being African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander

•    Having high blood pressure

•    Having a low level of HDL (good) cholesterol or a high level of triglycerides

•    A history of diabetes in pregnancy

•    Having given birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more

•    An inactive lifestyle

    Courtesy: Medline Plus