Type 2 diabetes is a condition which affects the way your body metabolizes glucose, the main “fuel” source for your body. Nearly 10% of the U.S. population has diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. According to their estimates, 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic. You or someone you love might be at risk of developing Type-II diabetes. Over two hundred thousand people die each year from complications due to this preventable disease. To determine if you need to take preventative measures, consider the following six indicators of risk for Type 2 diabetes:
Obesity can cause the body to no longer recognize insulin, which means that glucose can’t get into your body’s cells. This can cause damage in many areas of the body. Obesity is the number one risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that 60 million Americans are obese.
As you reach the age of 45 or older, you tend to lose muscle mass. It can become more difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle due to other health complications. Clinical research studies in Salt Lake City have resulted in the theory that, as the pancreas ages, it simply doesn’t pump insulin as efficiently as it once did.
If you have family members who have Type 2 diabetes, then you are at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Genetics are not a guarantee of becoming diabetic, but it is wise to take extra precautions with your health and habits if you have a family history of Type-II diabetes.
High Blood Pressure
Clinical trials have established that high blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to or worsen complications of diabetes. This includes kidney disease, hardening of the arteries and even heart failure. Even blood pressure that is in the higher range of normal is considered to put you at risk for diabetes over time.
Being more active can help you control your weight. The CDC suggests 3 hours of moderate physical activity per week. Utah clinical trials have determined that this much exercise each week will use up glucose as energy and make your cells more receptive to insulin. A sedentary lifestyle is considered one of the top two causes of Type-II diabetes.
This often includes seeing double, having difficulty reading signs or books, or seeing spots or “floaters”. Your peripheral vision may be weaker as well.
The initial symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are very mild and easy to miss. As is often the case, the key to treating Type 2 diabetes properly is in the earliest stages.