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American Diabetes Alert Day
Diabetes Alert Day is a "wake up call" for all Americans to understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas makes insulin, but it does not make enough or your body doesn't use the insulin it makes. Eight in 10 people with this Type 2 diabetes are overweight and Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in children and teenagers because of the increase in obesity in these age groups.
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include:
- Being over age 45
- Having a close family member with diabetes
- Being in a certain racial or ethnic group
- Being overweight or obese
- Being physically inactive
- Having low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides levels and high blood pressure
- Women who have had gestational diabetes or have delivered a baby weight 9 pounds or more.
The good news is that even if you have some of these risk factors, healthful eating, regular moderate exercise and weight loss if you are overweight can reduce your risk.
If you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes or already have Type 2 diabetes, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Understanding Diabetes page.
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Reviewed January 2013