Lower Your Risk

We’re glad you’re here to learn about how you can improve your health. You can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes with some simple steps. The resources on this page can help you learn how.


Staying at a healthy weight can help you prevent and manage problems like prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol.

Physical Activity

Physical activity can do a lot for your health, even if you haven’t been very active lately.

Small Steps for Your Health

Making just a few small changes can have make a big impact on your weight and health. Learn how to make these changes step-by-step.

Explore: Lower Your Risk

  • How Your Body Uses Glucose and Insulin

    Managing your blood glucose (sugar) can help you prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.

  • High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other problems. Managing blood pressure can help prevent these problems.

  • All About Cholesterol

    Unhealthy cholesterol levels can raise your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

  • Age, Race, Gender & Family History

    There are some things that affect your risk that you can't change. Being aware of them can help you take smart steps to lower your risk.

  • Gestational Diabetes

    If you've had gestational diabetes, you’re at higher risk of it in future pregnancies and of type 2 diabetes later in life.

  • Smoking

    Smoking causes a lot of problems in your body and can raise your risk of heart attack or stroke.

  • Diabetes and Cancer

    Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers share many risk factors. Lower your risk for both.