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Two simple steps can lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes. Photo contributed by Kettering Health Network.

Do you often feel very thirsty or very hungry even though you are drinking and eating on a regular basis? Do you suffer from extreme fatigue or blurred vision?

If you answered yes to some of the above questions – you may be among an estimated 86 million adults ages 20 and older in the United States suffering from prediabetes or diabetes according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Without lifestyle changes to improve health, 15 to 30 percent of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years,” according to Ann Marcum, RN, BSN and Certified Diabetes Educator with the Joslin Diabetes Center at Kettering Health Network. So, what lifestyle changes will make the most difference? Making these 2 healthy commitments:

Weight loss is also significant to preventing diabetes. Depending on a person’s weight, it is recommended to lose approximately five to seven percent of their body weight (approx. 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person).

Some people may have no symptoms of diabetes at all. Those that are at risk for prediabetes include people that are overweight, smokers, those with a family history of diabetes or a personal history of gestational diabetes, people diagnosed with high blood pressure or blood lipid levels. Physical inactivity, age and ethnicity may also be risk factors. People already suffering from prediabetes are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

“Without lifestyle changes to improve health, 15 to 30 percent of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years,” according to Ann Marcum, RN, BSN and Certified Diabetes Educator with the Joslin Diabetes Center at Kettering Health Network. So, what lifestyle changes will make the most difference? Making these 2 healthy commitments:


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