Health Myths: Get the Facts
nothing you can do to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful. Studies show that people
at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease
by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight. For example, if you weigh 200
pounds, losing only 10 pounds could make a difference. You can do it by eating
healthier and getting 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week.
Type 2 diabetes,
formerly called adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is the most
common form of diabetes. People can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, even
during childhood. This form of diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance,
a condition in which fat, muscle, and liver cells do not use insulin
More than 18
million Americans have diabetes, and 5.2 million cases are undiagnosed. An
estimated 41 million U.S. adults aged 40–74 have prediabetes—that is, their
blood sugar level is elevated but is not high enough to be classified as
diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk for developing
cause heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, pregnancy
complications, lower-extremity amputations, and deaths related to flu and
pneumonia. Heart disease is the leading cause of diabetes-related deaths, and
death rates are about 2–4 times higher for adults with diabetes than for those
without the disease.
Diabetes & Me:
Am I At Risk for
Type 2 Diabetes?