Last week we talked about the warning signs for type 2 diabetes. They can be easy to miss, but once you educate yourself about the signs and symptoms, you’re equipped to take action and get help. Remember, the earlier the intervention, the better!
It’s also important to know what makes you a more likely candidate to acquire type 2 diabetes. Although researchers don’t fully understand why some people develop type 2 diabetes, it is clear that certain factors increase your risk.
Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes
Here are some factors to watch out for…
- Weight. The more fatty tissue you have, the more likely you are to develop type 2 diabetes.
- Inactivity. The more sedentary you are, the greater your risk. In other words, get moving! Exercise at least three times a week to decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Family history. If one of your parents or a sibling has type 2 diabetes, your risk is increased.
- Race. Certain races — including Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians and Asians — are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- Age. Your risk tends to increase as you age. So stay active and eat healthy!
- Gestational diabetes. If you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, your risk is greater as well. Also, if you gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds (4 kilograms), your risk is increased.
- High blood pressure. High blood pressure (over 140/90mm Hg) is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Abnormal cholesterol levels. If you have low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol (below 35 mg/dL), your risk is higher.
- High levels of triglycerides. If your triglyceride levels are above 250 mg/dL, your risk of diabetes increases.
Take control of the risk factors that you can and prevent or delay the development of diabetes, and improve your quality of life!
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