Are you among the millions of people living with type 2 diabetes who are unaware of their condition? According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 8.1 million Americans do not realize they have diabetes. Even more alarming, one in three adults is prediabetic but nine out of ten of those adults have no idea. This health problem is becoming increasingly prevalent yet it can be easily prevented for those willing to make a few lifestyle changes. Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when your body produces too much insulin. Major health problems arise when your body cannot regulate your blood sugar levels. This is why it’s important to learn about preventive measures that can reverse the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Are You at Risk for Diabetes?
There are several factors that increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes and largely affects adults. You may currently be prediabetic and over time will learn that you have diabetes. Common risk factors include ethnicity, family history, age, weight, diet, and activity. Hispanics, Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and African Americans are at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes even though it’s unclear why. Those with a family history of diabetes are more apt to be diagnosed one day, as well as senior adults. Seniors face diagnosis largely as a result of decreased exercise and muscle mass but increased weight. Younger adults with an inactive lifestyle and poor diet are also prone to diabetes. Both diet and exercise play key roles in your weight. Those who are overweight have excess fatty tissue which causes cells to become resistant to insulin.
What are the Symptoms of Diabetes?
Symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include increased thirst and hunger, unexplained weight loss, excessive urination, fatigue, irritability, blurred vision, slow-healing sores, and frequent infections. In type 2 prediabetes, symptoms may not be present. Symptoms often occur slowly over time. With type 1 diabetes, symptoms are more severe and come on quickly. Diabetes symptoms vary depending on the elevation of blood sugar levels but should always be addressed quickly. The sooner you can address diabetes, the better chance you have of avoiding complications like nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, eye damage, skin damage, and dementia.
How Can You Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Preventing diabetes and reversing prediabetes is possible by making a few lifestyle changes. Adjust your diet to consume foods that are high in fiber but low in fat and calories. Consume lots of fruits, vegetable, and whole grains. This recommended diet will improve your overall health as well as protect you from diabetes. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle by exercising for at least 30 minutes every day. If you are overweight, it is necessary to lose at least 5-7% of your body weight in order to reduce your risk of diabetes. According to the Diabetes Prevention Program, weight loss and increased activity reduced prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes by 58%.
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