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.