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HHS HealthBeat (May 7, 2013)

Rolling back pre-diabetes

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A major factor for the most common form of diabetes, type 2, is being overweight or obese. And doing something about this could be especially important for people with pre-diabetes, where blood sugar levels are high but not so high that they signal the person has diabetes.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researcher Ann Albright says lifestyle changes can help people with pre-diabetes lose weight, and help to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. She advises:

“Participating in about 150 minutes of physical activity a week and making changes to what you eat so that you’re selecting healthier foods that allow you to lose about 5 to 7 percent of your body weight.”

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2013