The Gadget That Costs Less Than $5—And Can Help Prevent Type 2

What inexpensive little gadget can help you prevent type 2?
Surprise—it’s a cloth tape measure.

We’re serious.

A1c levels, you thought? Or BMI (body mass index)? Yes, those are important, but the tape measure is a key tool for preventing type 2.

Here’s why.

A tape measure can help you track your waist circumference. And the waist circumference usually is a better indicator of visceral fat than the BMI.

If you lose weight, you don’t know if you’re losing fat mass or lean muscle mass. In many cases, the difference between the two, in terms of risk of type 2, is huge.

You can read about waist circumference measurements, BMI measurements, and A1c levels in Prediabetes: Beating the Odds of Getting Type 2 Diabetes. It’s the third ebook in our Diabetes Leading Edge Series.™