Are You on the Path to Diabetes???

Have you wondered or possibly been told that you are at risk for developing diabetes or that you have prediabetes?

Studies show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight, if they are overweight—that’s 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.

2015/01/img_4548-0.jpgTwo keys to success:

1. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week.

2. Eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and reduce the number of calories you eat per day.
In other words, you don’t have to knock yourself out to prevent diabetes.

In other words, you don’t have to knock yourself out to prevent diabetes.

Find out if you are at risk for diabetes and prediabetes.

2015/01/img_4543.jpgAccording to the NIH, more than 86 million Americans have prediabetes. However, unlike diabetes, prediabetes is reversible. With proper treatment, prediabetes and its related metabolic disorders can be improved.

There are many factors that increase your risk for diabetes. To find out more about what things put you at risk, I have included the “Are You At-Risk Check List” provided by the NIH (below):

Are you 45 years of age or older?

Do you have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes?

Is your family background African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander?

Did you have diabetes while you were pregnant (this is called gestational diabetes) or did you give birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more?

Have you been told that your glucose levels are higher than normal?

Is your blood pressure 140/90 or higher, or have you been told that you have high blood pressure?

Are your cholesterol (lipid) levels abnormal? Is your HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) level less than 35 or is your triglyceride level higher than 250?

Are you fairly inactive? Or are you physically active less than three times a week?

Have you been told that you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Does the skin around your neck or in your armpits appear dirty no matter how much you scrub it? The skin appears dark, thick and velvety. This is called acanthosis nigricans.

Have you been told that you have blood vessel problems affecting your heart, brain, or legs?

2015/01/img_4544.jpgSo, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to talk with your health care team about your risk and whether you should be tested. Diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful!!!



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