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A healthy life is a longer life.

Taking a few simple steps can help you reduce your risk and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Set a weight loss goal.

If you're overweight, the key to preventing diabetes is to lose weight. The most successful plans use a combination of eating healthy foods that are lower in fat and calories, and being physically active. Set a goal that you can achieve. A loss of five to seven percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) can have a big impact on lowering your risk of diabetes.

Eat healthy foods.

Choosing to eat healthy foods will help you reach your weight loss goal. Figure out how many calories and fat grams you should have per day. Set a goal for losing one to two pounds each week.

Move more.

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Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. If you have not been active, start off slowly and build up gradually to meet your goal. Try walking, dancing, swimming, biking, jogging, or any physical activity that helps get your heart rate up. You don't have to do it all at once. If it's easier, try getting in your physical activity throughout the day in several ten-minute sessions.
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Get big rewards.

Taking these steps will not only help you prevent diabetes, but it will also lower your risk for heart disease, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and many other health problems. Also, you will feel better, and you'll have more energy to do the things you enjoy!