What Are the Best Steps to Take for Diabetes Prevention?

Maintaining a healthy weight is a major step in diabetes prevention. If the person you're caring for is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, you can help him stave off the chronic condition by supporting him in making healthy food choices, helping him lose weight if necessary, and encouraging him to stay active.

People who are overweight or obese are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes. Carrying excess weight around the waist rather than the hips also increases the risk. Talk to the doctor about a healthy target weight and whether losing weight would help the person you're caring for prevent type 2 diabetes.

There are essentially two components to losing weight: Eat less and move more.

  • Eat right. Start by making smart choices on the food front. That means eating lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and lean protein, and going easy on the fats and sweet treats. Losing weight with an eye toward diabetes prevention means not just taking in fewer calories, but making those calories count in terms of nutritional value.
  • Get active. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Physical activity increases the body's ability to store and use glucose. It also helps keep the heart and blood vessels healthy and enables the person you're caring for to maintain a healthy weight -- and lose some pounds if he needs to.

Even modest weight loss -- just 5 or 10 pounds -- can dramatically lower a person's chances of getting this lifelong disease, because extra weight makes it harder for the body to use insulin.


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almost 6 years ago, said...

I BEEN A DIABETICS SINCE 200 BUT I STARTED OUT WITH CONTROLLING DIET ALL BECAUSE I GOTTEN BITTEN BY A SPIDER I HAD TO TAKE MEDICATION. I WAS TOLD THAT I AM TYPE 2. AS OF OCTOBER 28 I STOP TAKING MY MEDICATION AND I HAVE LOST 6 POUND. I FEEL OK AND MY NUMBER BEEN FAIR AT TIME THEY BE 56 OR 33 OR 176 AND BACK TO NORMAL LIKE 103 OR 100 BUT I NOTICE THAT I DONT FEEL FUNNY AT ALL I FEEL OK . I WAS ON A LOT OF MEDICATION AND I WAS DIAGNOSE WITH HELICOBACTERIA PYLORI WICH THEY CALL IT H-PYLORI I WAS REALLY SICK AND BEENING ALL THAT MEDICATION WAS REALLY TO MUCH FOR ME I HAD TO HAVE 2 SERIES OF ANTIBOTIC AND AFTER GETTING SICK. I HAD PROBLEM AFTER I WAS DONE BUT THE H-PYLORI FINALLY CLEAR UP. THEN THAT'S WHEN I STOP TAKING MY MEDICINE I EAT VEGGIE A LOT BUT I HAVE A HARD TIME TRYING TO LOOSE THE WEIGHT I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT COULD BE WRONG MY HEMO A1C WENT FROM 6.3 TO 6.4 THEN 6.9 BUT WHEN I STOP TAKING THE MEDICINE AND I DID A 30 DAY LOG FOR MY DOCTORE LIKE HE ASK ME TO BY WRITING EVERYTHING I EAT ON PAPER FOR HIM SO HE CAN SEE WHAT OR HOW I EAT EVERYDAY. I ATE SNACK IN BETWEEN BUT I MADE SURE I ADD MY FRUIT AND VEGGIE ALL THE TIME . PLEASE HELP ME ON WHAT I DID WRONG. I DONT FEEL LIKE I AM DIABETIC