Who's at Risk for Diabetes?
We all are.
Each year in the U.S., nearly 2 million adults are diagnosed with diabetes.
Almost 20 thousand children and youth are newly diagnosed annually.
1 in 3 diabetics don't even know they have diabetes.
Don't like those numbers? The fact is that while there are often no symptoms, diabetes often leads to life-threatening complications including:
- Heart disease & stroke
- Kidney failure
- Nerve damage & blindness
When it's diagnosed early, diabetes can usually be managed. And a prediabetic condition can be controlled to delay or avoid the onset of diabetes entirely.
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"But I feel fine!"
Most diabetics do, living symptom-free until the disease has taken a serious toll.
Diabetes is caused by having high levels of glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. This is known as hyperglycemia.
The most common form of diabetes is type 2, which can usually be controlled through diet, exercise and monitoring.
You are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are Overweight - The best predictor of type 2 diabetes is being obese or overweight.
- Are Over 45 - Getting older increases your risk for diabetes. especially if you're overweight or have other risk factors.
- Have High Blood Pressure - Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for diabetes.
- Have Cholesterol & Triglyceride Problems - Low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and high triglyceride levels increase your risk.
- Are Inactive - Exercising less than 3 times a week makes you more likely to develop diabetes.
- Have Diabetes in Your Family - If a parent, brother or sister has type 2 diabetes, your risk is significantly increased.
- Are Latino, African-American, Native American or Asian-American - Diabetes occurs far more often in these ethnic populations. as well as in Pacific Islanders and Alaska natives.
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes
is usually diagnosed in childhood; it was formerly called juvenile diabetes. But many people are diagnosed as adults. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body produces no insulin. This type of diabetes occurs only 10-15% of the time. Type 1 diabetes isn't preventable, but it's treatable with insulin. The exact cause is not known, but symptoms usually appear over a short period of time.
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme fatigue and Irritability
Type 2 diabetes
is the most common type of diabetes. It usually occurs in adulthood, but children are increasingly being diagnosed with this disease.
If you have type 2 diabetes, your body is not properly using the insulin it's creating, or it's not creating enough. 85-90% of diabetics in the U.S. have this type of diabetes, which can be managed primarily through changing behaviors - including diet and exercise.
Because type 2 diabetes can have no symptoms for years, about one-third of the people with this type of diabetes don't even know they've got it. Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common because of the rise in obesity and inactive lifestyles in the U.S.
is high blood glucose that can develop during a pregnancy. Women who have gestational diabetes are at high risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life.
Gestational diabetes occurs in around 4% of all U.S. pregnancies. A mother's elevated blood sugar levels can cause high blood sugar in her baby, which can lead to further problems.
Risk factors for gestational diabetes include:
- Being overweight
- Family history of diabetes
- Being an older mother
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Did you know?
If you're Latino,
African American, or
Native American, you
are 1.5 to 2.5 times
as likely to be diabetic
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