Are You at Risk?
You are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes if you are:
- Have a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Age 45 or older
- Developed diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
- Are not physically active
- Belong to certain racial or ethnic groups. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes.
Tips for Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Even if you have prediabetes, you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by changing some habits.
Three keys to success:
- If you are overweight, lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight. That's 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
- Get a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity such as brisk walking, at least five days a week
- Eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and reduce the number of calories you eat per day.