Chronic Disease

Long-lasting disease that can be controlled but not cured.

Cause of Diabetes

obesity, genetic risk factors, and inactivity are causes of diabetes type 2.

4 Risks Factors & 3 Avoidable


  • Weight. Being overweight is a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
  • Fat distribution. If your body stores fat primarily in your abdomen, your risk of type 2 diabetes is greater than if your body stores fat elsewhere, such as your hips and thighs.
  • Inactivity. The less active you are, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes. Not Avoidable
  • Family history. The risk of type 2 diabetes increases if your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
  • Age. The risk of type 2 diabetes increases as you get older, especially after age 45.
  • Prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
  • Gestational diabetes. If you developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases

Avoiding Diabetes

Pick the Right Appetizer

Eating greens with a vinaigrette before a starchy entrée may help control your blood sugar levels.

Ditch Your Car

Walk as much as you can every day. You'll be healthier -- even if you don't lose any weight

Nudge the Scale

Shedding even 10 pounds can significantly slash your risk.

Be a Cereal Connoisseur

Selecting the right cereal can help you slim down and steady blood sugar.

Indulge Your Coffee Cravings

If you're a coffee fan, keep on sipping. The beverage may keep diabetes at bay.

Go Veggie More Often

Consider red meat a treat -- not something to eat every day.

Ways To Treat Diabetes

  • Healthy eating.

  • Regular exercise.
  • Possibly, diabetes medication or insulin therapy.
  • Blood sugar monitoring.