At this time, researchers do not yet know how to prevent type 1 diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented. If you have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Better food choices, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight will help.
Not by itself. Since being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes, overeating (of any food) can make you gain weight and put you at risk for diabetes.
Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Although you do have a higher chance of getting diagnosed with diabetes, you can prevent progression by eating well, maintaining or achieving a healthy weight, and exercising most days of the week. Not everyone who has prediabetes will progress to diabetes, but think of this as a reason to embrace some changes in your life soon.
Your best weight range is determined on the basis of your body mass index (BMI), a number calculated on the basis of your height and weight. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. Check your BMI with our BMI calculator. Keep in mind that this is a guide and is only one factor to consider in your personal risk of developing diabetes. Different ethnic groups may have different BMI "cut-off" points at which their risk of diabetes is increased. Check with your primary health care provider to find out if your weight puts you at risk of type 2 diabetes.
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