Diabetes Risk Overview
What causes diabetes? Find out and take control.
The good news is you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
That’s right: If you’re at risk, making small changes to the way you eat, increasing your physical activity levels or getting early treatment can, for some, actually return blood sugar levels to a normal range. So, take a breath—and then take action.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to get started—or reverse the course of what’s already underway—we have everything you need. Our risk test can help you assess your risk level. And if you’re at high risk or feel like you might have diabetes, get a blood test to find out if you have diabetes or prediabetes.
We have a full slate of fitness ideas, nutritional plans and tips to help you move forward, including how to get help from a lifestyle change program led by a lifestyle coach trained to use a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved curriculum in your area.
Even if you have prediabetes…
There are many factors you can control. Prediabetes is a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. Your chances of having prediabetes go up if you:
- Are 45 or older
- Are Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander
- Have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
- Are overweight
- Are physically inactive
- Have high blood pressure or take medicine for high blood pressure
- Have low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
- Had diabetes during pregnancy
- Have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome