Are You Putting Yourself at Risk for Diabetes?

Putting yourself at risk for diabtes

Pretty much anyone can get type 2 diabetes these days. With 29 million Americans suffering from this disease and numbers still rising, you have to start asking: Are you putting yourself at risk for diabetes? Thanks to years of research, scientists and health professionals now know it is not just a single thing causing diabetes, but several problems occurring together over time. The trouble is 1 in 4 people don’t even know they have diabetes.

But those at a higher risk for the disease are those who:

  • Are over 45
  • Are obese or overweight
  • Have had Gestational Diabetes or delivered a baby over 9 lbs
  • Have a first degree relative with type 2 diabetes
  • Diagnosed pre diabetes
  • Don’t exercise
  • Have low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are members of certain racial or ethnic groups including:
    • African Americans
    • Latinos
    • Native Americans
    • Asian Americans/Pacific Islander
  • Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Some of these risk factors like age and race are completely out of our control. Others are factors we can modify. Those are the ones we should be focusing on. Keeping other conditions under control such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol can help your body maintain balance and focus energy on controlling blood sugar. Diet and exercise play a huge role here. According to the American Diabetes Association, even losing 10-15 pounds can reduce your risk and lower your blood sugar.

Putting Yourself at Risk for Diabetes

So what should you do if you have a lot of these risk factors? Check out my other article 6 Early Signs of Diabetes, and see where you are at. Talk to your doctor. Go get tested. A simple blood sugar test can tell you where you are at and if you need to make some changes. The good news is even if you are at a pre diabetic state and have many risk factors, it is not the end all be all. Onset of type II diabetes can be delayed if not prevented entirely in certain patients. It’s never too late to start eating right and exercising.


6 Early Signs of Diabetes… Are You at Risk?

ID-100216858With almost 16 Million people already diagnosed with diabetes, this disease is becoming a big problem here in America. The most common type of diabetes is Type II. There are some early signs of diabetes that you should be aware of, especially if you are someone who is more at risk for developing diabetes.

With type II diabetes, the pancreas can make insulin, it just isn’t enough, or the body cannot use it well enough as someone has become “insulin resistant”. The job of insulin is basically to bind to sugar and use it for energy in the cells and get it the heck out of your blood stream. If there is a problem with your insulin, and such is the case with diabetes, all that sugar is going to stay in your blood, and you will eventually pee it out. (hence people with uncontrolled diabetes often have sweet smelling urine). In the meantime, your cells are missing vital energy they need to function, and the high sugar levels in your blood can wreak havoc on your body as well. These blood sugar levels can lead to small vessel damage, affecting your eyes, kidneys, and hardening your blood vessels. It will also cause an increase in urination, and dehydrate you as your body is constantly “peeing out” all those sugars.


So what are the early signs of diabetes that you should look out for? If you experience some of these symptoms below on more than one occasion you should call your doctor and schedule a glucose test. Many people in pre-diabetes state can reverse their risk simply by changing their eating and exercise habits. Check out these warning signs below:

  • Increase in thirst/ dry cotton mouth
  • Frequent urination/sweet smelling uring
  • Increased hunger, even after eating
  • Feeling fatigued, weak, or tired
  • Recurrent candidal vaginitis
  • Impaired fasting glucose

Signs That Typically Show Up Later In the Disease:



Check out our other article on risk factors for diabetes and see what puts you at risk for developing this disease.