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In our Type 2 Diabetes Condition Center (found under the "Your Health" tab at the top of the site), you'll find dozens of healthy lifestyle articles we created specifically for people with type 2 diabetes and borderline or pre-diabetes, including:
A Safe Weight-Loss Plan. Studies have shown that losing weight is key to delaying or preventing type 2 diabetes. In fact, it is likely the most important thing you can do. SparkPeople's meal plans and nutrition trackers, combined with our vast resources and support teams, have helped thousands of people lose weight slowly, safely and permanently. Following our trademark SparkDiet (a healthy lifestyle change) can help you reach your weight-loss goals. To learn more about our weight-loss program and recommendations, click here. And remember that even a modest weight loss of 7% to 10% of your body weight has been shown to have positive results.
Exercise Plans and Workout Information. Physical activity (and its accompanying weight loss) will lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and boost your health in other ways. SparkPeople offers hundreds of workouts, exercise articles, free fitness videos and a Fitness Tracker to help you start and sustain a sound exercise rogram—for life. To get started, check out these exercise basics or begin a walking program with our Walking Guide.
Free Meal Plans. Cut excess calories, sugar, saturated fat and trans fats from your diet, and you will cut your risk of developing diabetes. Improve your health by including more healthy fats, fiber, whole grains, fruits, and veggies using the Nutrition Resource Center or free meal plans as a guide. Our meal plans were created by registered dietitians and meet the dietary guidelines for Americans. We also provide a calorie range based on your current weight and goal weight (to help you lose weight safely). You can access your meal plans by visiting your Nutrition Tracker page (found under the "My Trackers" tab at the top of the site).
Community Support. Positive support and encouragement is the foundation of SparkPeople, and our community provides ample opportunities for you to connect with experts, peers, people with pre-diabetes and others like you who are trying to lose weight and get healthier. We even have Teams to support people who want to quit smoking (smokers are 50% to 90% more likely to develop diabetes than nonsmokers) and just about any hobby, interest or medical condition imaginable.
More Healthy Lifestyle Tips
Taking control of your health will require some education and commitment, but SparkPeople is here to help you along the way. Our articles, tips and support resources will help you establish a healthy lifestyle, lose weight and keep diabetes at bay. You can learn more about healthy cooking, fitness, general nutrition and motivation by visiting the Healthy Lifestyle resource centers (found under the "Healthy Lifestyle" tab at the top of the site).
For more specific information or help, talk to your health care provider. The American Diabetes Association's National Call Center also offers live advice from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday at 1-800-DIABETES or 1-800-342-2383.
Amy L. Poetker
Amy Poetker is a licensed and registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a master's degree in dietetics. Amy, who has spent most of her career working in diabetes education, is dedicated to the treatment of that disease and the prevention of related complications. See all of Amy's articles.
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