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Keys to preventing diabetes

Making small changes in your lifestyle

  • Increase your physical activity.
  • Make healthful food choices.
  • Lose five to 10 percent of your weight (if needed).
  • Lower your blood pressure (if needed).
  • Lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels (if needed).
  • Take aspirin every day. (Important: Talk with your health care provider if you don't currently take aspirin.)
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Quit smoking (if needed).

Related resources

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity, first edition, dia-ah-94403
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education
First Published: 04/02/2009
Last Reviewed: 01/28/2019