Did you know that according to The Centers for Disease Control, at least one in three people will develop diabetes in their lifetime? Right now, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes.
There are three main types of diabetes:
Type 1—in which your body can’t make insulin, so you need to take insulin every day. About 5% of the people who have diabetes have type 1. Currently, no one knows how to prevent type 1 diabetes.
Type 2—most people with diabetes—9 out of 10—have type 2 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well and is unable to keep blood sugar at normal levels.
Gestational diabetes—develops during pregnancy and like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar. Gestational diabetes can affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health.
Risk factors for developing diabetes include:
- Being overweight
- Being 45 years or older
- Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
- Being physically active less than 3 times a week
- Ever having gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
Race and ethnicity can also affect your risk. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and some Asian Americans are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes.
1 out of 4 people don’t know they have diabetes.
Many times people with diabetes may not display any outward symptoms or don’t recognize their symptoms, which can include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased appetite
- Increased urination
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Sores that do not heal
The three main things you can do to prevent type 2 diabetes include:
- Choosing healthy foods
- Making healthy meals
- Being active 30 minutes a day
The best tip for preventing diabetes is to make lifestyle changes one step at a time. Making changes one small step at a time gives you the best chance to become and stay healthy and prevent type 2 diabetes.
Here’s another tip for better health.
If you haven’t already, consider signing up for CarePlus—a free concierge healthcare service with a team at your service to help you:
- Find the right doctor for you
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