Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors
Many people are not aware that you can have diabetes and not even know it. Type 2 diabetes can come on slowly and the symptoms may be blamed on other causes such as aging, heat, etc. Unfortunately, during this time damage can be occurring in the body putting the person at risk for diabetes related complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approximately 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. An even more alarming statistic is that 79 million people have prediabetes. Prediabetes means that your fasting glucose level (your blood sugar) is above normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. If you have prediabetes it is important to take steps NOW to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. In a study by the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants with prediabetes who got 30 minutes per day of moderate exercise and made dietary changes reduced their risk of diabetes by 58%. Request a free diabetes risk worksheet below to see if you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes.
What is the danger in ignoring diabetes?
High blood sugar levels are toxic to the body. It damages blood vessels and nerves leading to such complications as:
- heart disease (2-4 times higher than in non-diabetics)
- stroke (2-4 times higher than in non-diabetics)
- kidney disease
- neuropathy (nerve damage causing numbness and pain)
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