Diabetes is a common issue that could have severe effects on an individual’s health. The problem is that most people do not know that their daily lifestyle choices can play a role in developing diabetes. Approximately 29 million Americans have diabetes. Unfortunately, nearly one third of those people are unaware that they have the disease. An additional 86 million Americans have what is known as pre-diabetes. This condition occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but does not exceed the levels for the official diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Having pre-diabetes means you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People can delay or even prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent simply by changing habits in their everyday lifestyles. One of these changes could be increasing physical exercise to produce modest weight loss (as little as five to seven percent of your current weight).
To learn more about what you can do to prevent diabetes, plan to attend a free presentation on pre-diabetes presented by Joanne Hutson, R.D., C.D.E.