To find out if you are at risk, take the Diabetes Risk Assessment.
Diabetes Prevention Programs Can Help!
Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs) are classes designed to empower people with prediabetes to take charge of their health and well-being. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, find a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). For DPP programs in North Carolina visit DiabetesFreeNC.com, or for programs throughout the U.S. click here.
If you are at risk for developing diabetes, try these helpful tips to prevent type 2 diabetes:
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables at every meal and for every snack.
Right-Size Your Portions
Eat smaller portions of foods and drinks at a leisurely pace to fill you up, not out. A good tip is to drink water 10 minutes before every meal to allow you to become full faster.
Increase Fiber and Whole Grain Intake and Avoid White Bread/Rice
You’ll find lots of fiber in tasty whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
Be More Physically Active
Physical exercise is essential.
Get at least 30 minutes every day to decrease your chance of developing diabetes.
Drink More Water
Sodas, sweet tea and other sugary drinks taste great but have a lot of calories and no nutrients.
Schedule Routine Medical Exams
Have medical providers check for vision conditions and measure glucose levels.
Eliminate all tobacco use, and avoid secondhand smoke.