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Type 2 Diabetes
A Family Affair

by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, and Tommy Betram, RPh

Encourage your relatives to be proactive in their efforts to minimize their risks for Type 2 diabetes. It is well recognized that increased physical activity, healthy food choices, and sustained weight reduction improve insulin sensitivity, therefore decreasing insulin resistance. These positive lifestyle behaviors also lower blood pressure and improve blood fat levels, which additionally can help to lower the risk of heart disease.

In your enthusiasm to help your relatives improve their health, however, make sure you don’t become the “prediabetes police.” Don’t nag or lecture. Instead, lead by example, by engaging in regular physical activity, preparing healthful meals, keeping your medical appointments, and staying informed. Invite your family members to join you in your efforts, if possible, and support them in the efforts they are ready to make. With awareness, information, and conversation, you can make healthy living your family legacy, instead of Type 2 diabetes.

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