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Amy Cook, Orange County Register

April 6, 2016

Needle pricks, blood-testing meters, oral medications and regular insulin injections are an unfortunate part of life for the 350 million people throughout the world diagnosed with diabetes. Of that number, 90 percent suffer from the most prevalent Type 2 form of the disease.

With more and more people being diagnosed every year, including the 29 million Americans with some version of diabetes, the World Health Organization’s annual World Health Day is centered around the disease for the 2016 celebration today. “Beating Diabetes” is the theme of this year’s event as WHO strives to halt the rise of this disease across the globe.

In honor of World Health Day’s “Beating Diabetes” quest, here are three practical ways to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Lose some weight: “We know that excess body weight adversely affects every organ system in the body,” said Dr. Gary Foster, director of Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education in Philadelphia, in a 2011 report on reversing diabetes on CNN.com. “So it shouldn’t be surprising that as obesity increases, as it has over the past 30 years, medical conditions, especially conditions like Type 2 diabetes, will also increase.”

While it’s not always easy to shed a few pounds if you are overweight, even losing as little as 5 percent to 7 percent of your body fat can lower your risk of diabetes. That’s 10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person.

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