Are You at Risk for Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes high blood sugar which can raise your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and other serious health problems.
You may be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are 45 years of age or older
- Are overweight
- Have family members with type 2 diabetes
- Are physically active less than 3 times per week
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small changes to lower your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life. Two things you can do to lower the risk of getting diabetes are:
- Losing 5% to 7% of your body weight, just 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
- Getting at least 150 minutes a week of brisk walking or similar activity. That’s just 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
With the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) from SFHP and the YMCA
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a lifestyle change program for adults aged 18 or older who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. You’ll learn ways to eat healthy, move more, and lose a small amount of weight to lower diabetes risk.