Lower Your Risk

We’re glad you’re here to learn about how you can improve your health. You can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes with some simple steps. The resources on this page can help you learn how.



Staying at a healthy weight can help you prevent and manage problems like prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol.

Physical Activity

Physical activity can do a lot for your health, even if you haven’t been very active lately.

Small Steps for Your Health

Making just a few small changes can have make a big impact on your weight and health. Learn how to make these changes step-by-step.

Explore: Lower Your Risk

  • High Blood GlucoseManaging your blood glucose (sugar) can help you prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.
  • High Blood PressureHigh blood pressure raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other problems. Managing blood pressure can help prevent these problems.
  • All About CholesterolUnhealthy cholesterol levels can raise your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Age, Race, Gender & Family HistoryThere are some things that affect your risk that you can’t change. Being aware of them can help you take smart steps to lower your risk.
  • Gestational DiabetesIf you’ve had gestational diabetes, you’re at higher risk of it in future pregnancies and of type 2 diabetes later in life.
  • SmokingSmoking causes a lot of problems in your body and can raise your risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Diabetes and CancerType 2 diabetes and certain cancers share many risk factors. Lower your risk for both.

Explore: Type 1 Diabetes

  • New to Type 1 Diabetes?The Courage-Wisdom-Hope Kit for children and their families helps every kid feel smart, brave and ready to live a great life.
  • Type 1 Research HighlightsAbout 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes and an estimated 40,000 people will be newly diagnosed each year in the U.S. The American Diabetes Associated is dedicated to the research, education and advocacy needed to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
  • Safe at SchoolMake sure your child’s school is prepared to handle diabetes.
  • Insulin & Other InjectablesLearn more about when, why and how insulin therapy works for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes, 3rd EditionAn invaluable parenting tool, featuring the latest advances in diabetes care, plus parenting advice from diabetes experts. Learn to navigate through the normal activities of childhood and raise your kids to be strong, confident, and capable of managing their own diabetes care.
  • Hyperglycemia (High Blood Glucose)Watch for symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) and learn how to treat it.
  • Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose)Treat hypoglycemia (sometimes called an insulin reaction) as soon as possible.
  • Doctors, Nurses & MoreWork with your doctors to create the best treatment plan for you.
  • CampGive a child with diabetes a summer to remember at one of our special camps.
  • Sports & RecreationExercise and physical activity are good for everyone and especially important for children with diabetes. Just remember to check blood glucose (blood sugar) often – before and after exercise.
  • Patient Education Materials – Type 1 DiabetesThis two-page introduction to type 1 diabetes is in PDF format so you can download it, print it, and hand it out to patients.