The older you are, the higher your risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Other risk factors include being overweight, not getting enough exercise and having a family history of the disease. But lifestyle changes can lower your risk.
Suffolk residents at risk of developing type-2 diabetes can take advantage of the county-administered National Diabetes Prevention Program. The free 16-week program has been shown to reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes by 58 percent.
The county has sessions beginning in September in Shirley (call 631-853-3187) and North Babylon (631-853-2928). For more information on the program and to take a risk test, go to nwsdy.li/suffolkdiabetes.
In Mineola, Winthrop-University Hospital has a series of free day and night diabetes prevention classes slated to begin in September. Call 516-663-2350.
For a list of risk factors from the Mayo Clinic, go to nwsdy.li/mayodiabetes.