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What Do You Know About Preventing Type 2 Diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other complications if it isn’t controlled.
1. Diabetes can’t be prevented.
2. The steps needed to prevent diabetes are complicated and difficult.
3. People who have prediabetes always progress to diabetes.
4. People who are at high risk of developing diabetes can often prevent the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight.
5. Eating healthy foods that are low in fat, especially saturated and trans fats, can reduce diabetes risk.
6. For physical activity to lower your diabetes risk, you must exercise at a strenuous level for more than one hour every day.
7. Having high blood pressure increases diabetes risk.
8. Having relatives with diabetes doesn’t increase diabetes risk.
9. Some ethnic groups have a higher risk for the disease.
10. There’s no way to predict someone’s risk for diabetes.
2. False—small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.
3. False—diabetes can still be prevented or delayed.
4. True—if you weigh 200 pounds, losing just 10 to 14 pounds could make a difference.
5. True—to do so, limit fried foods, whole-milk dairy products, cakes, cookies, pies, and solid fats such as lard, shortening, and stick margarines.
6. False—as little as 20 minutes every day of moderate aerobic activity, such as walking or biking, could lower your risk.
7. True—your risk rises if it’s 140/90 or higher.
8. False—people with a parent or sibling with the disease have an increased risk.
9. True—African-Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanic Americans are at extra risk.
10. False—you can find an assessment tool to help predict your risk at the American Diabetes Association’s website.
For more information on diabetes, talk to your Rite Aid Pharmacist.
“Be Active.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/beactive.htm.
“Eat Right.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/eatright.htm.
“Pre-Diabetes.” American Diabetes Association. www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/pre-diabetes/.
“Take Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.” National Health Information Center, healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-and-diseases/diabetes/take-steps-to-prevent-type-2-diabetes.
“Prevent Diabetes.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/prevent.htm.
“Your Game Plan to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, October 2008. healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-and-diseases/diabetes/take-steps-to-prevent-type-2-diabetes