Additionally, conditions such as obesity from overeating can also cause, or contribute to, serious health problems. A study, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), proved that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in those at high risk for the disease. Type 2 Diabetes is a serious problem within the African-Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Latino communities, let’s take action. Remember that maintaining and improving your health of wealth is a lifetime journey.
Prevention vs. Treatment:
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and is triggered by a combination of unchangeable factors, such as family history and race, and controllable factors, such as obesity and inactivity. It's also the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according to 2007 data, and is the leading cause of leg and foot amputations, kidney failure and new cases of blindness in adults under age 75, according to the CDC.
Here are some Suggestions:
- If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, using an exercise planning form may help you and GFRfit or any other health professional to create a personalized exercise and nutritional program.
- Join a Weight-Loss Challenges or begin a nutritional program to stay motivated, while exercising and eating healthy.
- Eating more vegetables, whole grains, and nuts can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. If you want to learn more about eating well, see the topic Healthy Eating.
- Take good care of your feet.
- Quit smoking. If you smoke cigarettes, talk with your doctor about ways to quit. Smoking contributes to the early development of diabetes complications. For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.