Diabetes Prevention: 3 Ways to Lower Your Risk

Type 2 diabetes happens when the body becomes unable to use insulin effectively. And it is largely preventable. Though you can’t control risk factors such as age or race, you can make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.

  1. Lose weight
    Excess weight, especially around the waist, makes it harder for your body to use the insulin it produces. Men are at risk if their waist measures 40 inches or more. For women, 35 inches or higher is a risk factor.
  2. Increase your activity
    Being active helps with weight control while helping your body efficiently use the insulin it makes. Even a low-impact activity such as walking can help reduce the risk of diabetes.
  3. Eat a healthy diet
    Eating leaner meats like chicken and turkey and lots of fruits and veggies, limiting bread and cereal in favor of whole grains, and sticking with natural sugars such as fruit instead of candy or baked goods can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Bonus! Omada weight loss and management program

If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, the Omada weight loss and management program can help you take action toward a healthy lifestyle.

  • The 16-week program includes a health coach, wireless scale, weekly lessons, and a simple eating guide.
  • Eligible Blue & Gold HMO members pay $0 for Omada – a $700 value!

Check your eligibility for the Omada program. Plus, talk with your doctor about other preventive measures you can take to protect yourself from type 2 diabetes.