Diabetes Prevention

Get smart about risks and diabetes prevention.

With early detection and awareness, you can take steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

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Small changes lead to big results.

Small changes to your lifestyle can help to prevent or delay diabetes, even if you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes. Your doctor will help you create a plan and set goals that work for you. They may also refer you to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized, evidence-based lifestyle change program. Don’t hesitate to ask for help along your journey.

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Overweight? Know the impact.

If you’re overweight, it impacts more than your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It leads to unhealthy cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, high blood sugar and even stroke. The good news? Losing just 10-15 pounds can make a big difference.

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Need reasons to quit?

Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your organs and can cause high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, heart attacks and strokes.

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High blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you're not alone; it affects nearly one in three American adults. You may need medication to get it under control.

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The diabetes-cancer link

Researchers are exploring the link between type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. The two share some risk factors, such as age, gender and ethnicity, and lifestyle factors.

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