CheckUp America

October 27, 2014 by Kathy Nellor

CheckUp America helps people lower their risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Type 2 diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body's inability to use insulin efficiently. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in young people.

What About Your Risk?

There are many things, called risk factors that affect your risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Some of these risks you can change, like whether or not you smoke, and some you can't, like your age. It's important to know risk for diabetes and heart disease. Once you know your risk you can take steps to lower your risk, so you can lead a longer, healthier life. Either way, understanding and managing your risk can help you prevent diabetes and heart disease and live a longer, better life.

Risk Factors

  • Overweight
  • High blood glucose
  • History of diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy cholesterol
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Age, race, gender and family history

Know Your Risk

Your first step is to know your risk. Take the Diabetes Risk Test or visit your health care provider and ask about your risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Most of us have risk factors that raise our risk for these deadly diseases. For many of the risk factors, there are things we can do to lower our risk.

Are You Ready to Change?

Making a few small changes to eat healthier and be more active can have a big effect on your health. Going slowly raises your chances of being able to stick with your changes. Learn how to get started.

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