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Diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels become too high.

Diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels become too high.
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Diabetes prevention

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The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not yet known, but we do know that it is not caused by poor diet and lack of activity.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease where the body's immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Genes play a role, so a family history of type 1 diabetes increases the risk. At this stage, nothing can be done to prevent or cure type 1 diabetes.

However, type 2 diabetes results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The risk is greatly increased if you have high blood pressure, are overweight or obese, do insufficient physical activity or eat a poor diet.

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You can help delay the onset of or even prevent getting type 2 diabetes by:

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Last reviewed: July 2018

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