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Diabetes Prevention

The rate of diabetes is higher in northwestern Ontario than the rest of the province. ​But even if diabetes runs in your family, small changes can reduce your risk.  The Northwestern Health Unit Diabetes Prevention Program provides information and tips on how to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

There are two types of diabetes - type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. If not treated or properly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including: heart disease, kidney and eye disease, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and nerve damage. Type 2 diabetes is most common (about 90% of cases) and is related to excessive weight and physical inactivity.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is associated with high blood glucose (sugar) levels.  This happens when a person's body can't make enough insulin or can't respond properly to insulin. 

Reduce your risk
There are two steps that can be taken to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases: know your risk and change what you can.

What if I already have type 2 diabetes?
Learn more about living with type 2 diabetes 

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    How can I prevent my family and I from developing Type 2 diabetes?
    ​Preventing diabetes means making small positive changes to your lifestyle, and maintaining them every day. Read more about how to stay diabetes-free and stand up to diabetes.