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9 Surprising Diabetes Risks

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Find out if your lifestyle habits are risk factors for developing diabetes, and what to do about it.

1. Watching two hours or more of TV daily

When it comes to preventing diabetes, exercising and eating healthfully play a big role, but they're not the whole story. A growing body of research is finding that lots of little things can tilt your blood-sugar balance from healthy to diabetic. The happy flip side: They're all risks you can do something about. Here, the big nine -- and your plan of action.

1. Watching two hours or more of TV daily
Raises your risk: 14 percent

How: More TV = Less activity. Women in Harvard's Nurses' Health Study who spent this much time in front of the tube were 23 percent more likely to become obese and 14 percent more likely to develop diabetes.

The fix: Limit TV time to 10 hours a week, and exercise. In the same Harvard study, this reduced diabetes risk by 43 percent.

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tokimeu wrote:

Good story. I watch a lot of TV, so I bought a treadmill and an elliptical put them in front of the TV. I exercise everyday for about 1-1/2 hours. To me exercise is very boring, TV makes the time go faster.

1/27/2010 10:56:21 AM Report Abuse

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