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Weight and Diabetes: Lose Pounds to Lower Your Risk


The First Step

The CDC estimates that 21 million people in the United State have diabetes. More than 8 million don’t know it. Even more alarming: An estimated 37% of Americans 20 years old or older have prediabetes.

About 90% of people with type 2 diabetes, the most common type, are overweight or obese, according to a Harvard Health report. That’s the No. 1 risk factor for diabetes.

To cut your risk, change your diet, lose weight, and join a group that can help you find a plan and stick to it.

“It is a struggle. It’s not easy. The answers are not simplistic. The answers are not just stop eating and just move all day long,” Drago says. “Information and education have to be shared in a way that fits an individual’s lifestyle. And that’s what I try to do.”

Losing weight might be hard. But it shouldn’t be intimidating, Marrero says.

“People have been told that they have to lose extraordinary amounts of weight to have an impact,” Marrero says. But it’s not true. If you have prediabetes, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes drops 11% to 12% for every 2 pounds you lose.

That should be reason enough to start shoveling that gravel out of your trunk.

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Reviewed on December 01, 2015
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