8 simple diabetes prevention tips for families
Looking for a diabetes prevention action plan? You don't have to change your life a lot, just a little, to make a big difference for you and your family.
More than 30 million Americans live with the disease, according to the latest statistics. It’s on the rise, even among children.
But you absolutely can prevent or at least delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, which accounts for the vast majority of cases, said Sandra Arévalo, a spokeswoman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and coordinator of the diabetes management programs at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
“All of these tips need to be like a commercial — you hear it and you hear it and you hear it until it sticks with you, like a jingle, so that people start knowing and especially doing what they need to do,” Arévalo told TODAY.
You may want to start by taking a risk test offered by the American Diabetes Association.
Then keep these eight tips in mind:
1. Lose a bit of weight
If you’re overweight or obese, lose at least 10 percent of your weight — studies show that can delay the onset of diabetes and help you live longer, Arévalo said. If you weigh 180 pounds, for example, make it your goal to shed 18 pounds.
“It is doable,” she noted. “You can do it by yourself, or with the help of a diabetes educator, a dietician or with your doctor.”
One place to get help is the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, with more than 200 locations across the country offering guidance in a small-group setting on how to eat healthier, move more and lose weight.
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