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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Questions for the doctor

Diabetes (“dy-ah-BEE-teez”) means you have glucose (sugar) levels in your blood that are higher than usual. Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) condition.

You are more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you are overweight and inactive – or if you have prediabetes. People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels higher than usual, but not enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, including:

Talk with your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to prevent type 2 diabetes.

What do I ask the doctor?

It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. Print out this list of questions, and take it with you the next time you visit the doctor. Take notes to help you remember your doctor's answers.