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How can I prevent type two diabetes?
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Dr. Philip Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Healthy lifestyle
Maintain a good weight, keep up the physical activity.
Do not neglect strength training to increase/maintain body muscle mass. T2dm is strongly genetic, so sometimes the best of lifestyle measures cannot prevent it, but they will still make it easier to treat.

In brief: Healthy lifestyle
Maintain a good weight, keep up the physical activity.
Do not neglect strength training to increase/maintain body muscle mass. T2dm is strongly genetic, so sometimes the best of lifestyle measures cannot prevent it, but they will still make it easier to treat.
Dr. Philip Kern
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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
I personally have reversed the need for medications in well over a hundred diabetics by merely getting them to discontinue soda intakie and taking a Whole Food Vitamin/Mineral supplement. They remain glucose intolerant and unable to eat Hi sugar foods but with proper diabetic diet they enjoy blood sugars in the nondiabetic range with no medication
Dr. Scott Williamson
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes, but...
Weight, age and genetics make you vulnerable to type two diabetes.
If you maintain ideal body weight you are much less likely to develop type two diabetes.

In brief: Yes, but...
Weight, age and genetics make you vulnerable to type two diabetes.
If you maintain ideal body weight you are much less likely to develop type two diabetes.
Dr. Scott Williamson
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
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In brief: Weight loss
If there is a strong family history of diabetes, to some extent getting diabetes is inevitable.
That being said, one can control when one gets it, putting off the disease for many decades. The key to diabetes is controlling weight and diet. Having lower abdominal fat, exercising 5 days a week, eating a diet lower in carbohydrates and richer in vegetables, fiber and the more complex carbs is key.

In brief: Weight loss
If there is a strong family history of diabetes, to some extent getting diabetes is inevitable.
That being said, one can control when one gets it, putting off the disease for many decades. The key to diabetes is controlling weight and diet. Having lower abdominal fat, exercising 5 days a week, eating a diet lower in carbohydrates and richer in vegetables, fiber and the more complex carbs is key.
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
There are studies to show that a healthy diet with regular exercise (at least 150 minutes/week of moderately intense aerobic activity) and a >7% weight loss can prevent the progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes.
Studies have also shown that a number of medications can prevent this progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes, but lifestyle changes outperform medications.

In brief: Yes
There are studies to show that a healthy diet with regular exercise (at least 150 minutes/week of moderately intense aerobic activity) and a >7% weight loss can prevent the progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes.
Studies have also shown that a number of medications can prevent this progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes, but lifestyle changes outperform medications.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
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In brief: Healthy lifestyle
Leading a healthy active lifestyle with such things as daily exercise, a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains (as opposed to the "starchier" versions) and carrying a healthy body weight can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

In brief: Healthy lifestyle
Leading a healthy active lifestyle with such things as daily exercise, a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains (as opposed to the "starchier" versions) and carrying a healthy body weight can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Avoid obesity
Keep a good weight, diet, avoid sugars, and exercise, and you're doing the best you can.
Beyond that, it's genetics.

In brief: Avoid obesity
Keep a good weight, diet, avoid sugars, and exercise, and you're doing the best you can.
Beyond that, it's genetics.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Stay Healthy
Genetic predisposition aside, you can try to prevent type 2 diabetes through regular cardiovascular exercise, proper nutrition (small frequent meals with fiber included with each meal and limitation of simple sugars) and normal weight maintenance.

In brief: Stay Healthy
Genetic predisposition aside, you can try to prevent type 2 diabetes through regular cardiovascular exercise, proper nutrition (small frequent meals with fiber included with each meal and limitation of simple sugars) and normal weight maintenance.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine
In brief: Healthy lifestyle
Good balanced diet, low carbs if positive family history, regular exercise, and stay within the normal bmi.

In brief: Healthy lifestyle
Good balanced diet, low carbs if positive family history, regular exercise, and stay within the normal bmi.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
In brief: Exercise
The best preventative is eat properly, maintain a good weight, and most importantly exercise as often as daily, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Some people are genetically as increased risk, so for those people, the above is the key to holding off the diabetes as long as possible.

In brief: Exercise
The best preventative is eat properly, maintain a good weight, and most importantly exercise as often as daily, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Some people are genetically as increased risk, so for those people, the above is the key to holding off the diabetes as long as possible.
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Good healthy living goes a long way towards preventing disease.
Diet, exercise and nutrition are key. Avoid all refined foods (oils, grain, and sugars), including limiting fruit juices. Maintain a normal body weight, and exercise on a regular basis (i recommend interval training programs). Obtain a nutritional evaluation and start a supplement program. And, have a positive outlook and enjoy life!

In brief: Yes
Good healthy living goes a long way towards preventing disease.
Diet, exercise and nutrition are key. Avoid all refined foods (oils, grain, and sugars), including limiting fruit juices. Maintain a normal body weight, and exercise on a regular basis (i recommend interval training programs). Obtain a nutritional evaluation and start a supplement program. And, have a positive outlook and enjoy life!
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Perry Sexton
Family Medicine
In brief: Diet/ exercise
The typical answer is eat reasonable diet, avoid obesity and veer toward foods with low glycemic index (fewer simple carbs and more protein and fiber).
But the often neglected aspect to preventing diabetes ii is to exercise in a way that builds muscle. If you are continually building muscles throughout your life, they metabolize the sugar much better, often from the adrenaline of the workout!

In brief: Diet/ exercise
The typical answer is eat reasonable diet, avoid obesity and veer toward foods with low glycemic index (fewer simple carbs and more protein and fiber).
But the often neglected aspect to preventing diabetes ii is to exercise in a way that builds muscle. If you are continually building muscles throughout your life, they metabolize the sugar much better, often from the adrenaline of the workout!
Dr. Perry Sexton
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