What can individuals do to reduce their risk of developing diabetes?

Dr. Gendler explains how people can reduce their risk of developing diabetes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.



There are steps you can take to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle through changes to your diet, increasing your physical activity level and maintaining a healthy weight are three steps you can take in the right direction toward diabetes delay or prevention, according to the ADA.

Research has shown that even moderate exercise and small amounts of weight loss – about 7 percent – can help delay or prevent diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Being overweight is the leading risk factor among people who develop type 2 diabetes, according to the CDC. Obesity can keep your body from making and using insulin correctly

The American Association of Retired Persons and the Harvard School of Public Health have these tips to help prevent diabetes:

  • Choose lean meats and limit red or processed meats
  • Eat breakfast daily
  • Manage our weight
  • Choose healthy fats and proteins
  • Eat a higher proportion of fruits and vegetables
  • Get at least six hours of sleep each night
  • Choose whole grain foods instead of highly processed grains
  • Limit refined carbs and sugary drinks
  • Eat less by eating slowly
  • Make exercise a priority
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat smaller portions

For more information about ways you can try to prevent diabetes, talk with your physician

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