The most common form of diabetes in America is Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes happens when a body loses its ability to use insulin properly, which is called insulin resistance. This can cause problems with body cells being starved for energy and as time goes by the high blood glucose levels can hurt and possibly damage eyes, nerves, kidneys or heart.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is leading the fight against against the destructive effects of diabetes and those affected by it. Their goal is to prevent and cure this deadly disease and to improve the lives of all individuals afflicted.
If you or someone you know is affected by diabetes or you would simply like to help, consider donating a vehicle to the American Diabetes Association using our simple online form, or give us a call at 1-800-237-5714. Your car donation can help find a cure.
Four Ways To Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes From The ADA:
1. Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you stay at a healthy weight, you can prevent and manage prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and also other things like unhealthy cholesterol, heart disease and high blood pressure.
2. Increase Your Physical Activity
Even if you haven’t been active for a while, beginning to increase your activity level and do wonders for your health and in preventing type 2 diabetes.
3. Watch Your Sugar Intake
Managing the amount of glucose in your blood by eating less simple carbohydrates and sugary foods can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
4. Keep Track of Your Cholesterol Levels
When your cholesterol is at unhealthy levels, you may be at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Change your diet to include foods that will raise your HDL (good cholesterol) and will lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
For more information and support on lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes, visit the ADA’s Lower Your Risk page.