Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause serious health problems, like blindness, nerve damage, and kidney disease. The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent type 2 diabetes, including eating healthy and staying active.
Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States.
Diabetes increases the risk of serious health problems like:
Am I at Risk?
You may be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:
Having diabetes (“dy-ah-BEE-teez”) means the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood are too high. Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) condition.
You are more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you are overweight and inactive or if you have predicates. People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Having prediabetes increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, including:
Talk with your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to prevent type 2 diabetes.
It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. Print out this list of questions, and take it with you the next time you visit the doctor. Take notes to help you remember your doctor's answers.
Content last updated on: February 27, 2019
What about cost?
Under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, insurance plans must cover: