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Risk Factors and Treatment Options: Diabetes

We have included information in this section on both pre-diabetes and diabetes. There are important actions that you can take if you have either condition that will control your risk for heart attack and stroke.

Pre-Diabetes

Pre-diabetes is a condition most people have before they develop diabetes. If you have pre-diabetes, your blood sugar (glucose) is higher than normal, but not yet in the diabetes range. Having pre-diabetes means you are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. If you have pre-diabetes, there are things you can do to improve your health and prevent or delay developing diabetes. For example, losing a small amount of weight and becoming more active will greatly lower your chance of developing diabetes.

Act Now to Reduce Your Risk (PDF)
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (PDF)
Insulin Resistance (WEB)

Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that develops when your body does not properly store food energy in your body, and instead allows high levels of sugar to circulate in your blood.You may be surprised to learn that if you have diabetes, your biggest health risk is your risk for heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, there are some key actions you can take to control your diabetes, improve the health of your heart and reduce your risks so that you can live a full, active life with diabetes. It is important to control your blood pressure, cholesterol and your blood sugar levels to prevent heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other complications.

Being Active with Diabetes (PDF)
Diabetes Food Pyramid (PDF)
Eating & Carbohydrate Basics (PDF)
Diabetes Medications (PDF)
Insulin (WEB)
Personal Diabetes Record (PDF)
Testing Your Own Blood Sugar (WEB)
More about Diabetes (WEB)


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