Get the Lowdown on Diabetes Part 2

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Diabetes is a condition where the body can’t make insulin, or can’t use it well. Insulin is a hormone that helps our bodies get energy from the glucose in the food we eat. Without it, glucose levels in the blood stream are too high. Over time, this can cause damage to your body tissue and organs.

Keeping type 2 diabetes at bay2-4

  • Break a sweat. Exercise for 30 to 60 minutes every day.
  • Get to or stay at a healthy body weight. Each pound you lose lowers your risk.
  • Catch the right amount of Zzzs. Make sure you’re getting enough rest every night. Sleeping less than six hours or more than nine hours can put you at a higher risk.
  • Make healthy food choices. Eat more fruits and veggies, and pay attention to your portion sizes. Limit foods that are high in sugar, fat or sodium.
  • Kick the habit.

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