By Winnie Yu; Reviewed by Hope Warshaw, RD, CDE, 2009
The bathroom scale hits an all-time high. Your blood pressure is going up, your HDL (good) cholesterol is going down, and your LDL (bad) cholesterol is on the rise. And now your blood glucose level is rising, too. Your health care provider warns that you could develop type 2 diabetes and may even say you have pre-diabetes. The good news: The sooner you take steps to improve your numbers, the better your chances of preventing type 2. "You are in control of whether you will develop type 2 diabetes," says Cris Slentz, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
While genetics does play a role in your chances of having diabetes, you can significantly reduce your risk by making simple changes to your lifestyle. Here are 10 strategies that can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.
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