Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Questions for the doctor

Having diabetes means the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood are too high. Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) condition.

You're more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you're over age 45, you're overweight, or you have prediabetes. People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Having prediabetes increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 

Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, including:

Talk with your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to prevent type 2 diabetes. Your doctor may also refer you to a registered dietician. A registered dietician is a health professional who helps people with healthy eating.

What do I ask the doctor?

When you visit the doctor, it helps to have questions written down ahead of time.You can also ask a family member or friend to go with you to take notes. Print this list of questions and take it with you to your next appointment.

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