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Millions of Americans have some form of diabetes, but are not aware of it. Are you one of them? Often, people don’t know they have diabetes until they have symptoms like blurry vision or heart trouble, which is why you need to know if you are at risk.

Diabetes occurs when the body can’t make enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin it makes. It can lead to heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease and nerve damage.

While insulin-resistant (Type 2) diabetes can begin at any time in your life, the good news is that it is highly preventable. Preventing diabetes is proven to be powerfully possible, and you don’t have to knock yourself out to do it. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week, don’t smoke and stick to healthy eating.

To tune up your diet:

  • Eliminate processed foods,
  • Reduce added sugar, and
  • Stop eating when you feel 80 percent full.

Studies show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight, if they are overweight. For a 200-pound person, that's 10 to 14 pounds.  To find out if you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, click here.