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Protect Your Heart: Take Good Care of Your Diabetes for Life
Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians
Section Six - Protect Your Heart: Take Good Care of Your Diabetes for Life
Did you know that by making simple lifestyle changes, such as being physically active, eating healthy foods, and losing weight if you are overweight, you can do a lot to prevent or control type 2 diabetes?
Mary will show you how she and her family took action to prevent and control diabetes.
Mary Learns About Type 2 Diabetes
Mary: "Diabetes runs in my family. I need to know more about diabetes. I want to be a role model for my children and grandchildren."
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes results when the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use it well. This causes high levels of blood glucose (blood sugar) to build up in your blood. Diabetes is a serious disease.
Why Is Diabetes Dangerous?
Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Over time, high blood glucose damages the body. Diabetes can lead to blindness, amputation, and kidney problems.
You are more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES