You are at greater risk of diabetes if you:
- Are overweight or obese (body mass index over 25)
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Are over age 60
- Are Latino, African American, Asian American, Native American, Hawaiian or of other Pacific island origin
- Gave birth to a baby that weighed over 9 lbs at birth
- Live a sedentary/inactive lifestyle
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high blood cholesterol levels
How to prevent Type II Diabetes
You can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle. Change your diet, increase your level of physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight. With these positive steps, you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes.
The following are symptoms you might experience if you are living with diabetes:
- Increased frequency of urination
- Dry mouth or skin
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Blurred vision
- More frequent infections
- Slow healing of cuts and sores
- Unexplained weight loss
SOME OR NONE OF THESE SYMPTOMS MAY BE PRESENT.
One out of every three people with diabetes is not aware that they have it.
If you have these symptoms, get tested.