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There is a lot that people with pre-diabetes can do to lower their chances of getting diabetes. You can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by:
 
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing fat and calorie intake
  • Losing weight.
     
Lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure also helps you stay healthy.
 
According to a recent study, lifestyle modifications that resulted in a 5 percent to 7 percent weight loss could delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle modifications consisted of:
 
  • Exercising about 30 minutes a day, five days a week (usually by walking)
  • Lowering intake of fat and calories.
     
Lifestyle modifications were even more effective in those 60 and older. They reduced their risk by 71 percent.
 

Statistics on Pre-Diabetes

About 35 million people ages 40 to 74 have impaired fasting glucose, and 16 million have impaired glucose tolerance. Because some people have both conditions, the total number of U.S. adults ages 40 to 74 with pre-diabetes comes to about 41 million.
 
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