Diabetes 2: How do you know if you are at risk for the future?
10 Dec 2016
Diabetes 2 is a disease which is fast taking over the western world. People are relying on fast foods to match their fast-paced lives, resulting in an epidemic of blood sugar disease. Modern society thinks they are oblivious to the danger ahead and tend to cultivate an ‘ I’ve been living this way for years and things seemed fine’ attitude.
Here are the most common risk factors associated with diabetes 2 today:
– A family history
Both your genes and your childhood contribute through learned eating habits, outdoor activities, sleeping patterns and rewards. Teach your children to live healthily from an early age.
Individual race groups are less able to cope with the modern Western diet than others, and as a result, have an increased risk of developing diabetes.
At age 45, your risk for diabetes increases it is at this time in your life that the effects of over indulging start to show. The elderly have a very high danger of developing diabetes because they lead a sedentary lifestyle and seem to develop a sweet tooth.
– Sedentary lifestyle
Prolonged periods of sitting increase your chances of developing diabetes. Why? Working your muscles burns calories, keep the metabolism functioning and decreases the onset of inflammation. Not using your muscles leads to the development of diabetes. When you sit, you barely use any muscles.
– Mind the company you keep
People have a tendency to adopt the lifestyle habits of those closest to them. Friends, family, and co-workers can all play a significant role in what you food you consume daily. Try to sit at the healthy table where possible, make the changes your body needs at home.
An elevated TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level is often found in patients with diabetes. Regular check-ups with your health care practitioner will soon flag a potential problem and address any problems.
– Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a syndrome which affects women. It manifests itself in the ovaries, but it still has many features of diabetes. Treatment is the same: improved lifestyle, exercise, and weight loss.
– Gluten intolerance
Research has shown that those who are gluten intolerant it, therefore, makes sense that they are a greater risk of developing diabetes. Inflammation and the bodies ability to process sugar have a large influence on this.
– Weight and fat distribution
The more fatty padding you have around your middle, the more insulin resistant your body becomes and the hunger-regulating hormone leptin no longer controls the appetite as it should.