How to Prevent Diabetes—Even if You Can't Lose Weight

How to Prevent Diabetes—Even if You Can't Lose Weight

Let's say you’re overweight—enough to make you as nervous about type 2 diabetes as a roomful of freshmen when the math teacher says, "Pop quiz!" Maybe you've tried to diet but can't lose weight, or you’re dieting now but have yet to shed pounds. Maybe you've even been told you have pre-diabetes. Should you just curl up with a doughnut and wait for the big D (diabetes) to arrive? No way.

Think of us YOU Docs as Batman and Robin, swooping in (POW!) with an emergency plan to shield you from diabetes until the weight comes off. Here's the plan: Besides maintaining a healthy weight, four factors keep diabetes at bay. Research has found that if you combine any three of 'em, it's like throwing up a force shield between you and diabetes. The combo is more protective than the individual parts, a new fact that's startled even the experts.

It gets better: If you combine all four, you'll start losing weight without half trying! What are the four steps? We thought you'd never ask.

Then, kiss diabetes goodbye. BAM!

Medically reviewed in October 2018.

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