Support system urged to head off Type 2 diabetes

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) -- An executive with UnitedHealthcare of Tennessee says an early step for preventing Type 2 diabetes is creating a support system and beginning a healthy lifestyle with friends and family.

Dr. Janice Huckaby, medical director for the health insurance company, says working together encourages good dietary habits.

She also suggests removing less healthy foods from kitchens to eliminate temptation, beginning an active lifestyle such as walking and downloading the OptumizeMe app on smartphones.

The best approach, she summarizes, is combining healthy eating with regular physical activity.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common kind, was formerly called adult-onset diabetes.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 136748713 -
Gray Television, Inc.