More than 34 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over age 45, but more and more children, teens, and young adults are also developing diabetes.
You are at increased risk to develop diabetes if you :
– have prediabetes or borderline blood sugar
– are overweight (BMI > 25) or obese (BMI >30)
– are 45 years or older
– have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
– get fewer than three days per week of physical activity
– have had gestational diabetes
– are African American, Hispanic, Latino or Alaskan native or Indigenous
You can prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes such as losing weight if you are overweight, eating healthier, and getting some regular physical activity. Talk with your Evergreen provider for more information on how to prevent or delay diabetes, or how to better manager this chronic condition if you have it.