Pay special attention to any possible diabetes risk factors.
There are some key risk factors that increase the risk of diabetes, some of the factors are not controllable (such as age and offspring), and other factors that are able to control (such as diet and exercise intake). Instead of worrying about the factors that is out of your control, you should be working on the factors that are not beyond your control. Work on improving your diet routine. Choose a clean and healthy diet for you and your family to help them lower the risk of developing diabetes. Exercise as often as possible and encourage your friends and family to exercise together too.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:
- Obesity – based on body mass index, BMI above 29 increases the risk of diabetes is one in every four.
- Aged over 45 years. Note that premenopausal women are assisted by estrogen levels that help in cleaning up the fatty acids that cause insulin resistance, and help insulin absorb glucose sooner.
- Have parents, relatives, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, etc. who have type 2 diabetes. This shows that the genes of diabetics runs in your family and it can easily catch on to you.
- Diagnosed with heart disease or high cholesterol. Cardiovascular risk includes high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, and high LDL cholesterol increases. A study showed that one in four people in Europe who suffered from this risk factor was also prediabetes.
- Hispanic, African American, Native Americans, Asia, or Pacific Islands are nearly twice as likely to be at risk as white American.
- Up to 40 percent of women who have gestational diabetes are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes later on.
- Low birth weight increases the risk of diabetes by 23 percent for infants weighing 2.5 kg and 76 percent for babies under 2 kg.
- High sugar diets, high cholesterol, and processed foods
- Irregular or not exercising – less than 3 times per week
Prevention since early childhood.
High blood sugar can be neutralized before any permanent damage occurs. If you have a risk factor associated with diabetes, you should perform a routine screening test such as urine tests and simple blood tests. You also need to control your lifestyle because it is a crucial factor. If tests show that you have “pre-diabetic” (metabolic syndrome), you bear the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. While diagnosis is a daunting thing, it is also your chance to restore your health, stop or avoid type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes.
- Pre-diabetes is a condition when blood glucose is higher than normal. This is a major indicator of metabolic damage, which causes Type 2 diabetes.
- Pre-diabetes can be stopped. But, when ignored, the American Diabetes Association warns that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes within a decade is nearly 100 percent.
- The CDC recommends that those aged 45 or older be tested for diabetes if they suffer from overweight conditions.