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In research, working with your health care team to prevent diabetes or manage your diabetes has been shown to be an effective strategy to avoid or reduce complications. Managing your diabetes or preventing diabetes also may help prevent Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Preventing diabetes or managing it successfully may help you avoid other complications, such as:
You can take several steps to prevent or manage diabetes and avoid potential complications, including:
Small steps can make a big difference. In a large study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, participants with blood sugar levels slightly above normal (prediabetes) cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 50 percent.
Participants lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by losing as little as 5 to 7 percent of their body weight and exercising for 30 minutes five days a week. That weight loss translates to 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
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