Diabetes is a chronic illness which impacts the way your body processes sugar, and it affects nearly 10% of all Americans. There are three main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes, where your body is incapable of processing sugar on its own
  • Type 2 diabetes, where your body is not very good at processing sugar on its own
  • Gestational diabetes, where women develop the disease while pregnant

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, but it is also the most preventable. Eating small, nutritionally balanced meals and exercising regularly can help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And if you have any of the risk factors below, it’s time to ask your doctor if you should be tested.

Type 2 diabetes risk factors include:

  • Having prediabetes (blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes)
  • Being overweight
  • Being 45 years or older
  • Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Ever having gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds

For more information on Type 2 diabetes, visit the CDC’s webpage: It’s Your Life. Treat Your Diabetes Well.