November Top Health News from Alliant Insurance ServicesNovember 01, 2022Type 2 Diabetes: Are You at Risk?
Diabetes is a complex disease that affects your body’s primary source of energy — glucose (sugar). Most people with diabetes have type 2, in which the body doesn’t use the hormone insulin properly.
When this happens, glucose accumulates in your bloodstream, leading to serious health complications. The longer you’ve had type 2, the higher your risk for medical side effects.
What are your chances of developing type 2 diabetes?
It depends on multiple factors, including your genes and lifestyle. While you can’t change your family history, age or ethnicity, you can control lifestyle risk factors. You are more likely to develop type 2 if you are physically inactive, eat mostly ultra-processed foods and are overweight or obese. Other risks include:• Age 45 or older.
• A family history of diabetes.
• High blood pressure.
• Low HDL (good) cholesterol or high LDL (bad) cholesterol.
• A history of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more.
To learn more, search for risk at diabetes.org.
What are symptoms of type 2 diabetes? Common symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination and unintended weight loss. Overall, symptoms can be mild and develop slowly for several years; many people will have no symptoms. You may not be aware of the disease until you have related health problems, including blurred vision, heart trouble or circulation problems.
Managing diabetes requires healthy eating, weight control and being physically active.
Your health care provider may prescribe insulin, other injectable medications or oral diabetes medicines. You’ll need to eat healthy, exercise regularly and keep your blood pressure and cholesterol close to your provider-recommended targets, and get regular screening for related health problems.
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