Yesterday was Diabetes Alert Day, where we raise awareness about type 2 diabetes and the risk factors. Diabetes is a serious disease that affects 29 million Americans. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, shares some tips and how to reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

About 95 percent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body can’t regulate its blood glucose levels. It develops mainly because of lifestyle choices, such as: 

  • Poor diet, 
  • Lack of exercise, 
  • Being overweight and 
  • History of smoking.

Some risk factors are outside of your control.

  • Family history
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American or Pacific-Islander race

Tips to Reduce Type 2 Diabetes

It’s important to know all your risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes because, in most cases, it can be prevented. Type 2 can be controlled and managed by eating a healthier diet and being more active. You can reduce your risk with these steps.

  • Start walking for at least 30 minutes a day, a few times a week
  • Talk to your doctor about quitting smoking
  • Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet

Take the first step to prevent diabetes by taking Adventist HealthCare’s FREE,Diabetes Risk Assessment.

Rose Melendez, RN

Rose Melendez, RN

Head of Emergency Department

Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center. Tune into WGTS 91.9 FM every Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. to listen to Nurse Rose live on the radio.

Experiencing symptoms of diabetes or have risk factors? Calculate your risk of developing the disease.