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Ask Mr. Pedometer and Friends…

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, I am thankful not to have any symptoms of type 2 diabetes…yet.  However, many in my family tree have had this dreadful disease.  What can I do to avoid becoming one of the statistics?

A:  Kaiser Permanente has simplified their advice about avoiding Type 2 diabetes to these three actions:

  • POUR yourself a glass of water instead of soda, fruit juice, or sports drinks.
  • EXERCISE for 30 minutes on most days. Routine activities like walking the dog or raking leaves count.
  • SERVE yourself half a plate of vegetables and equal portions of whole grains and lean sources of protein like fish and chicken.”

Their “Partners in Health” e-mail noted that “obesity is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes….  Call your doctor if you have these symptoms of diabetes – frequent urination, extreme thirst or hunger, unexplained weight loss, blurry vision, unexplained fatigue.”

Or, as Mr. Pedometer summarizes…