Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that is affecting more and more lives all around the world. The World Health Organization estimates nearly 200 million people are suffering from this disease. If you are suffering from diabetes it is important for you to know that there is help. There are many organizations that provide you with helpful information on diabetes.

If you are free of diabetes try to stay that way by living healthy. Eat healthy food and do not over eat. Try to exercise on a regular basis.

Diabetes can be a very disabling disease with a chronic nature. Generally speaking, diabetes can be very hard on your body.

Diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels either from insufficient secretion of the hormone insulin, an insufficient response from target cells to insulin or a combination of these factors. It’s a metabolic disease requiring medical diagnosis, treatment and a life long lifestyle change.

People who have an above average risk of getting diabetes are people over 45 years of age. Also people who are overweight have an above average risk of developing diabetes.

Does that basically mean that if you are younger than 45 and have a normal weight you are out of the danger zone? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Anybody can develop diabetes.

Some potential risk indicators for developing diabetes are:

  1. Age in excess of 45 years
  2. A waist size greater than 102 cm (men) and 88 cm (women)
  3. Little or no exercise
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Past diagnosis, at least once, for a high blood sugar level; for instance during a pregnancy or illness.
  6. Diabetes type 1 (“juvenile diabetes”) or type 2 (“adult onset diabetes”) occurs in your family

If you think you are at risk; do not hesitate to consult your doctor. He can give you detailed information on preventing diabetes.

Your best defense against the disease of diabetes is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy foods and exercise on a regular basis. If you are at risk educate yourself on this disease. The American Diabetes Association has a very detailed and informative website. Visit your doctor regularly. Checking your sugar level is part of an annual physical. Become familiar with the symptoms of diabetes. Consult your doctor at the first sign of any diabetic symptoms. If do happen to be unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with diabetes, take the diagnosis seriously and follow the treatment advice of your doctor.