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Assessing your risk of diabetes

Date Added: December 05, 2009 11:54:49 AM
Author: Hashima
Category: Health: Pharmacy
If you have diabetes, you human body does not produce enough of a hormone called insulin, or you body does not use insulin it has appropriately. Insulin helps the body use sugar (glucose) for energy. If untreated, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve and blood vessel damage that leads to foot or leg amputation, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and death. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 occurs when the human body does not make insulin at all. People suffering from type 2 diabetes either do not have a sufficient amount of insulin, or their cells disregard the insulin they have. Approximately 95% of people who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes. It is also known as "non-insulin dependent" diabetes. BE WELL-AWARE OF YOUR RISK If you gave birth to a kid who weighed more than nine pounds and/or if you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you are also at higher risk of developing diabetes. People over 45 are also at higher risk. You are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, if members of your family had or are having it. Type 2 diabetes is more often observed in ethnic minority groups. If you have one or more the risk factors mentioned above, your physician may want to begin diabetes examination on a regular basis. The earlier you know you have diabetes, the more you and your physician can do to make sure you stay healthy. MAKE CHANGES Unfortunately, you can do nothing to change your age, ethnicity or family history, but there are several risk factors you can control. Your diabetes risk also heightens if: You are overweight. You do not do physical exercise on a regular basis. You have an unhealthy diet. If you are aware that you are at high risk, making appropriate choices about nutrition and exercise can help you stay healthy. In fact, studies have displayed that eating a healthy food and taking exercise can preclude or deter type 2 diabetes. If you are corpulent, remember that an excessive weight gain is the single most crucial risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Between 80% and 90% of people with diabetes are overweight. Losing weight and controlling it can help hold diabetes at bay. Consume a variety of products, including high-fiber foods. Also, eat less. Note that any amount of exercise is better than none. Ride an exercise bike while you watch the evening news or your favorite sitcom. Most of all, insure you take up an activity that appeals to you, so you will stick with it. Hence, eating in the right way and exercising are the keys to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.


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