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Three ways to reduce diabetes risk

Find out how you could reduce the risk of diabetes.

Diabetes is forecast to be our single leading cause of disease burden, but Diabetes Australia says we can change that.

1. Know your risk and keep a healthy weight

More than 2.5 million Australians are at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but many are unaware until it is too late. Excess weight, particularly around the abdomen, can significantly increase the chances of type 2 diabetes. For men, their waist circumference should be less than 94 centimetres; for women it should be less than 80 centimetres.

Others with a higher risk include women who have had gestational diabetes or anyone with a close family history of type 2 diabetes, even those within a healthy weight range.

It is recommended that anyone over the age of 40 visit to assess their risk and talk to their GP.

2. Eat healthy foods

Having a sweet tooth will not cause diabetes, but it can add to excess weight and increase the risk. Aim for a diet that is low in saturated fat, features plenty of low-GI food and embraces fibre in the form of wholegrains, beans, lentils, flaxseed, fresh fruit and vegetables.

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