Diseases Associated
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Type 2 diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, amputation, and blindness. More than 85% of people with diabetes are overweight or obese.

If you have metabolic syndrome or are otherwise at risk for developing type 2 diabetes — or even if you've already been diagnosed — you can take positive steps to minimize your risks or get the condition under control.

The most important actions to take include:

  • Working with your doctor to evaluate your condition and determine if medication is an option
  • Diet modification
  • If you smoke, quit, or enroll in a cessation program to help you quit
  • Managing your weight
  • Becoming more active
  • Testing your blood sugar
  • Reducing your weight by 5 to 10%, and exercising for 30 minutes a reference, 5 days a week, can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes — even if you are at high risk.