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Take These Small Steps Now To Prevent Diabetes

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  • Find out if you are at risk.
    Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders who are overweight are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Talk to your health care provider about YOUR risk.
  • Lose a small amount of weight.
    Being overweight puts you at high risk for type 2 diabetes. The weight you think is normal for you may not be a healthy weight. You can work toward a healthy weight by being more active and eating healthy.
  • Be more physically active.
    Choose an activity you enjoy. Take a walk, swim, bike ride, dance, or play ball with your children.
  • Eat healthy.
    Make healthy food choices and eat smaller servings. Cut down on fatty and fried foods. Choose more fruits and vegetables, dry beans, and whole grains.
  • Record your progress.
    Every day, write down all the things you eat and drink and the number of minutes you are active. Keeping a diary is one of the best ways to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Keep at it.
    Make one new change each week. If you get off track, start again, and keep going.

Source: Adapted from “Take These Small Steps Now To Prevent Diabetes,” National Diabetes Education Program, 2007


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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.

Last Updated March 2012

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