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Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Prevented?

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Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Prevented?

Yes! According to the CDC, You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with proven, achievable lifestyle changes—such as losing a small amount of weight and getting more physically active—even if you’re at high risk. The CDC has a robust guide for preventing Type 2 Diabetes here.

What is Prediabetes?

Before developing type 2 diabetes, most people have prediabetes; their blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet for a diabetes diagnosis. Prediabetes is really common – 96 million US adults have it, though more than 80% of them don’t know they do. The good news is that prediabetes can be reversed.

Ready to see where you stand? Take the 1-minute prediabetes risk test. If your score shows your risk is high, visit your doctor for a simple blood test to confirm your result.

Prevention Tips for Parents

Not long ago, it was almost unheard of for young children or teens to get type 2 diabetes. Now, about one-third of American youth are overweight, which is directly related to the increase in kids who have type 2 diabetes, some as young as 10 years old.

Parents have the power to make healthy changes that give kids the best chance to prevent type 2 diabetes. And when the whole family makes changes together, it’s easier to create healthy habits that stick. Get started with these simple but effective tips for healthy eating and being active family-style.

Family Clinic in Hulett

Our Family Clinic in Hulett provides continuing and comprehensive health care for individuals and families including the prevention, detection and treatment of diabetes. Family Medicine or Primary Care providers serve all people of all ages. Our team helps patients establish a medical home to monitor their health and manage chronic illnesses and conditions In addition to full primary care services, we also provide women’s health services. Call 307-688-2235 today to book an appointment.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevent-type-2/index.html

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