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Are You At Risk for Diabetes?
Today is Diabetes Alert Day, which calls attention to diabetes and encourages each of us to find out if we are at risk.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases. About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Your odds of having type 2 diabetes go up with these risk factors:
- Age 45 or older
- Close family member has diabetes
- From a certain racial or ethnic group. If you're of African American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Native American descent, your risk is higher.
- Overweight or obese
- Physically inactive
- Have low HDL cholesterol levels or high triglycerides
Even if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight can lower your risk for developing the disease.
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a registered dietitian in your area can develop a healthy eating plan that's right for you. For more information, visit our Diabetessection.
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