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The Health Lie You're Telling Yourself

The Health Lie You're Telling Yourself

The numbers just don’t add up. Four in 10 people with at least one risk factor for type 2 diabetes–including obesity or high blood pressure–think they have no risk at all, finds a new survey by the American Diabetes Association. Even worse: 80 percent say they’re in good or excellent health.

Hiding our weaknesses sometimes comes naturally. “We as human beings try to protect ourselves,” says diabetes educator Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, R.N., who was involved in the research. “We say, ‘I don’t have it that bad. I’m not that overweight.’ ”

But in this case, denial can stand in the way of …read more

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