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In addition to a variety of other diabetes awareness efforts, the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation recognizes November 14 as World Diabetes Day.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., and there are 371 million people living with diabetes worldwide. Another 280 million are at high risk of developing the disease. By 2030, half a billion people are expected to be living with diabetes.
The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed. A number of studies have shown that people at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes can significantly reduce their risk of developing the disease by making modest lifestyle changes including:
- Losing 5–7 percent of your body weight.
- Getting 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
- Eating a balanced diet, including fruits and vegetables.
— Michael Lytton, AJPM Blog Editor