Lifestyle changes have proven to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. One out of three Americans have prediabetes. What is more shocking is 90% of people don’t know they have it. Prediabetes places you at an increased risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and having a stroke. Damage to your blood vessels, heart, and lungs may start with prediabetes. You may discuss getting tested via a blood test if you are overweight, have an immediate family member with diabetes (mother, father, sister, or brother), over 45 years old, physically active less than 3 times a week, have a history of gestational diabetes, or have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
To address the national epidemic, the CDC has formulated a National Diabetes Prevention Program which focuses on lifestyle interventions to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Through the program patients have lowered their risk as much as 58%. Help reduce your risk by
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