Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
There are different causes that are related to diabetes. Knowing what they are can help you to understand if you are at risk for the disease. Being overweight (obesity) is one of the leading causes for diabetes. Those that have had issues and concerns with high blood glucose levels for a long period of time are also considered to be a high risk as well. It is also important to take into consideration the ethnicity of someone and the family history. By having the information you need about diabetes, you have the power to possibly prevent it from ever happening.
The most common type of diabetes to be diagnosed is type 2. This can be diagnosed at anytime, including as a child, however it is usually diagnosed in middle age. With this form of diabetes, the blood glucose levels are too high. It also comes with insulin resistance, which means that your body is not using the insulin that it produces the right way and it is not producing enough. This is also a good sign of being overweight as well. Your pancreas is also working double time in order to try and keep up with the production of insulin as well.
Of course over time, especially if the diabetes is not kept under control, the high blood glucose levels in the body will start to cause damage. The blood vessels and the nerves of the body start to feel the pressure and can be the starting point of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, dental concerns, vision problems, including blindness, and even a amputation of a limb if the nerve damage is too bad. Other medical conditions that become a concern with diabetes are depression, concerns with getting pregnant, and even with not being able to move.
For someone that has a family history of diabetes and knows that they may be at risk, or if a person is leading a sedentary lifestyle, they should know that there are things that can be done to try and prevent the diagnosis of diabetes. It is important to make the necessary changes in your lifestyle. One of the first things that should be done is to start a healthier diet and cut out the fat and sugar. This is not to say that you cannot eat foods with sugar or fat in them, but it is crucial to be sure that you are monitoring the amounts that you consume. Of course getting the right amount of exercise is also important. If you are overweight, there is no better time than now to get up off the couch and lose a few pounds to ward off the chances of diabetes.
There are factors that you cannot change which put you at risk such as your family history or ethnicity. However if you are not getting any exercise, have a poor diet, or know that you have high blood pressure, you can make the changes needed and get on the right track to good health.
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