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Three Points Against Diabetes

The best offense against diabetes is a good defense.Without lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are very likely to progress to type 2 diabetes.If you think you may be at risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, take these 3 steps: screen, test, and act today.
  1. SCREEN:

    Take a quick quiz to see if you are at risk of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
  2. TEST:

    Schedule an appointment with your doctor to have your blood tested for diabetes.

    Eat more fruits and vegetables, less sugar and salt. Get active! Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week reduces your risk of developing diabetes by 50%.

Prediabetes vs. Type 2 Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association states that prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control...
  • Approximately 84.1 million people, or one out of three U.S. adults, have prediabetes, but only 10 percent know that they have it.
  • Your chances of developing prediabetes increases after the age of 45.
  • There is a higher risk of prediabetes amongst the African American, Latino, Asian, American Indian, and Pacific Islander communities.

What Are the Dangers of Diabetes?

There are many risks associated with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes. Some of the potential complications of diabetes include:
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Loss of toes, feet, or legs
  • High blood pressure

Are You at Risk of Losing to Diabetes?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 84.1 million people, or one out of three U.S. adults, have prediabetes, but only 10 percent know that they have it. If you are:
  • Over the age of 45
  • Overweight
  • Physically inactive
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • History of high blood pressure
  • American Indian, African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.
...then you may be at risk of prediabetes!

Could You Have Prediabetes? Take the Risk Test
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