Before Diabetes


By Staff Reports

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Before you get type 2 diabetes, you get prediabetes. That’s when your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. So prediabetes can be the warning sign that you may develop type 2 diabetes.

The director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, says people can delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes through healthy living – notably in eating patterns and physical activity,

Losing weight if you’re overweight is important. Dr. Rodgers says losing about 15 pounds can make a big difference. And he says:

“Walking 30 minutes a day for at least five days a week can reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 58 percent.”

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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