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November 06, 2017

Type 2 diabetes risks and prevention

According to the American Diabetes Association, 30.3 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, and this number continues to rise every 21 seconds. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) says that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina and leads to about three deaths per day. S.C. DHEC suggests testing for diabetes beginning at age 45. Earlier testing is recommended if you are overweight and have certain risk factors such as:
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Member of a high-risk ethnic population (African-American, Hispanic or Native American)
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower the risk of diabetes. Several ways to help prevent Type 2 diabetes include:
  • Eating healthy and including fiber and all food groups as part of your diet
  • Getting more than 150 minutes of physical activity a week
  • Not smoking
  • Losing 5 to 10 pounds

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For information about Palmetto Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program and free screenings, call 803-296-3070. For more information about diabetes education classes, call CareCall at 803-296-CARE (2273).

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