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How to Help Prevent Diabetes

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The numbers are up for people with diabetes.  24 million Americans now suffer from the disease. Plus, another 57 million people are at risk of getting diabetes.

On Wednesday one of our reporters talked with a dietician from a diabetes learning center. She said if people exercise more and cut back on food portions, they'll reduce their risk of developing diabetes and help the body better use its own insulin.

"Think of exercise as the WD-40 that opens the doors to the cell that lets the sugar in," said Nancy, Krupin, Dietician, Diabetes Learning Center, Kadlec Medical Center.  

She said genetics also play a role in developing diabetes. But if people who are at risk lose just five to seven percent of their body fat, they'll significantly reduce their chances for becoming diabetic.