Simple Steps to Prevent Diabetes

Do you have a family history of diabetes?  If so, you may be at higher risk for getting diagnosed with the condition.  But if you don’t have a family history, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.  According to the American Diabetes Association, these other factors can also increase your risk for type 2 diabetes:

  • Having prediabetes, which may be called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and/or impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
  • Being 45 or older
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Not exercising regularly
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having low HDL, also known as “good” cholesterol and/or high levels of triglycerides
  • Certain racial and ethnic groups (e.g., Non-Hispanic Blacks, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives)
  • Women who had gestational diabetes, or who have had a baby weighing 9 pounds or more at birth

So what do you do if you have risk factors on this list? Start by talking to your health care provider about lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your risk.  In this video, North Memorial physician assistant Katie Peterson talks about a few simple steps you can take to decrease your risk for diabetes.

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Looking for other healthy changes you can make to improve your health? Check out the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website?  It’s a great source of easy tips for healthy eating, exercise and diet support.  You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

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