November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Overweight people at risk for type 2 diabetes can reduce their risk by losing even a few pounds.
According to CBS News, the number of people with diabetes in the U.S. has risen by 136 percent since 1980. Eight percent of us are currently living with diabetes, while another 25 percent have prediabetes. Characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood, diabetes is a chronic condition that can lead to serious complications, including heart disease, vision problems, poor circulation, nerve damage and stroke. At age 45, everyone should be tested for the disease. Anyone who is overweight and physically inactive should also be tested, regardless of age. Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable by living a healthy lifestyle. That includes maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and choosing whole grains over refined carbohydrates.