Healthy Moments Episode

Type 2 Diabetes Lowering Your Risk

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Nov 7, 2011 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers tells people who are overweight and have a family history of type 2 diabetes how to lower their risk for the disease by setting goals for making lifestyle changes.


Does your mother, father, brother, or sister have type 2 diabetes? If so, you have a greater chance for developing the disease and should take action.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

You can't change your family history, but you can make lifestyle changes to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes and you're overweight, setting goals to lose a modest amount of weight and be more active can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Here are some tips:

• Make healthy food choices. Choose water instead of sugary drinks, and eat smaller portions.

• Be active 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

• Invite family to be active with you.

• Write down all the foods you eat and drink and the number of minutes you're active, and review it daily to help reach your goals.

For more tips, visit our website at NIDDK. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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