Lifestyle Changes

Diabetes Prevention Is Possible
Preventing diabetes isn't easy — but it is possible.

Studies find that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the single best way to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes — and public-private partnerships, like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, are proving to be a model that works.

Studies show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 7 percent of their body weight if they are overweight — that's 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Here are two simple steps to help you get on — and stay on — the path of healthy living:

  • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week.
  • Eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and reduce the number of calories you eat per day.

Explore healthy choices related to physical activity and nutrition. The small steps you take today can lead to a lifetime of healthy choices tomorrow.