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AMA Offers Easy Steps to Lower Risk for Diabetes

Following tips from the American Medical Association can help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Here are a few:

* Pack a healthful lunch at home instead of eating out.

* To prevent overeating at a restaurant, ask for a box and wrap up half your entrée to take home right when it’s served.

* Park at the farthest spot in a parking lot and walk to the door.

* At the end of a long day, go out for a walk. It’s a great way to unwind and get exercise, too.

These are tips anyone can fit easily into his or her daily life to begin living healthier and to lower the risk for diabetes, the AMA says. The AMA offers the tips as part of its Healthier Life Steps program.

“Diabetes is a serious disease, but it can be controlled and often prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said AMA board member David O. Barbe, M.D. “Eating right, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight all greatly reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.”

The AMA Healthier Life Steps program can help jumpstart a healthier lifestyle and keep people motivated to continue making good health decisions. The program includes action plans and tip sheets on how people can improve diet, increase physical activity and eliminate unhealthy behaviors like risky drinking and smoking.

For those who already have diabetes, the AMA has partnered with the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to offer resources on managing the disease. The NDEP site, located at, includes healthy recipes and information for families, kids, teens, older adults, and communities on how to help manage diabetes. NDEP also has resources for healthcare professionals, such as fact sheets, research articles and presentations.

“Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes, and treatment of this disease costs our healthcare system $174 billion a year,” Dr. Barbe says. “By adopting a healthier lifestyle you can lower your risk for diabetes and help lower the cost of medical care.”


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