Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects more than 37 million adults in the United States. This disease causes too much sugar to flow through your blood, called high blood sugar, and can cause several health issues like heart disease, nerve damage and kidney failure.
Are you at risk?
Type 2 diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of age, race or gender, but some people are at a higher risk than others.
Risk factors of type 2 diabetes include:
- Having prediabetes (having blood sugar levels that are higher than average but not enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes)
- Being over the age of 45
- Being overweight
- Being physically inactive
- Having a family history of type 2 diabetes
What are the signs of type 2 diabetes?
People with type 2 diabetes may never show symptoms until it is too late. Because of this, many cases of type 2 diabetes are undiagnosed until other health issues show up. If you are concerned that you may have type 2 diabetes, schedule an appointment with your medical provider to discuss your health.
How can you prevent type 2 diabetes?
About nine in 10 cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable with healthy lifestyle changes.
Preventative steps include:
- Losing weight
- Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week
- Eating a balanced, healthy diet
- Drinking less sugary beverages and choosing water, instead
- Managing stress
Creating a plan is the best way to stay on track with your health goals. Your HealthLinc care team can help create a plan that is safe and right for you. You can also meet with a behavioral health consultant for help managing stress and staying motivated during your health journey!
When should you start taking preventative steps?
The best time to start focusing on your health is now! You can schedule an appointment with a medical provider by calling 888-580-1060. HealthLinc accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), most commercial insurance plans, and provides care for the uninsured. Services will be provided on a sliding fee scale based on household size and income, regardless of a patient’s insurance status.