Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed. A 2002 landmark study showed that minor changes in physical activity, weight loss, and healthy eating are effective ways to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Physical Activity: Get at least 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children, 5 days a week.
Weight Loss: Lose as little as 7% of your body weight.
Meal Planning: Reduce saturated fats, salt, and alcohol and reduce portion sizes. Eat low fat foods, whole grains and more fruits and vegetables. Planning nutrition meals in advance will help you stay on track.