November 14 was World Diabetes Day, and the staff at Live Well Pharmacy, in Brooklyn, came out to the Canarsie Adult Day Center to educate seniors on ways to fight diabetes.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness in response to rising diabetes rates worldwide, and it was made an official United Nations holiday in 2006. It’s recognized on November 14 because that’s the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

Here are 7 tips to reduce the risk of diabetes.

  1. Lose excess body fat. Being overweight is a big risk factor for diabetes. …
  2. Follow a plant-based, low-calorie diet. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables—a dietary pattern studies show reduces diabetes risk
  3. Drink water
  4. Move your body
  5. Stress less
  6. Sleep well
  7. Keep medical appointments.