Diabetes is a disease. When you have diabetes, there is too much sugar (called glucose) in your blood.
There is more than one type of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. People who are overweight and inactive are more likely to get type 2 diabetes.
The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent type 2 diabetes, including:
- Watching your weight
- Eating healthy
- Staying active
- Controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Quitting smoking
Talk with your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to prevent type 2 diabetes.
What do I ask the doctor?
Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. Print out this list of questions, and take it with you the next time you visit the doctor.
- Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes?
- Does my weight put me at risk for diabetes?
- Are there any warning signs of diabetes I should look out for?
- How can I find out if I have diabetes?
- What changes can I make to my diet to prevent or delay diabetes?
- How much physical activity should I do to prevent or delay diabetes?
- If I’m overweight, how many pounds do I have to lose to prevent or delay diabetes?
- What are healthy ways to lose weight and keep it off?
- What are my blood pressure numbers and cholesterol levels? What should they be?
- Do my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers put me at risk for diabetes?
- Can you give me information about preventing diabetes to take home?