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Risk Factors of Diabetes

By: , – Woman's Day Staff
11/5/2012 6:00 AM   :  6 comments   :  7,290 Views

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Here's a shocking fact: Some 25% of people who have type 2 diabetes don't realize it. Three ways you can stay vigilant:


Recognize the sneaky symptoms 

Do you have frequent yeast infections? Since extra glucose, or sugar, in your bloodstream can trigger yeast growth, recurrent infections could signal that your body isn't processing sugar properly. The other common signs of diabetes—fatigue, irritability, thirst and frequent urination—are easy to miss because they develop gradually and are often attributed to stress or lack of sleep.


Keep tabs on your risk factors 

The biggest: a family history of diabetes, being overweight or obese, African-American or Hispanic and/or over the age of 45. But don't forget about the lesser-known ones, too. Did you have gestational diabetes during pregnancy? Your risk of type 2 diabetes can double. Do you or a family member have heart disease? This also increases your chances. Discuss all of these issues with your doctor at every checkup.


Don't dismiss pre-diabetes 

If you're pre-diabetic, your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a red flag—if you don't take action now, you'll likely develop full-blown type 2 diabetes.
 

Check your diabetes risk 

Take the free test at Diabetes.org.

SOURCE: Sue Kirkman, MD, senior vice president, medical affairs & community information, American Diabetes Association
 


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Comments

  • 6
    This article gives important risk factors to consider and prioritize what I need to do to create a healthier lifestyle. - 11/6/2012   12:56:22 AM
  • 5
    Native Americans are at much higher risk for diabetes too. Poor diet caused by extreme poverty makes the rates soar. - 11/5/2012   5:20:04 PM
  • 4
    I am also concerned about this epidemic in the US population - stay active, aim for a healthy weight, get your check ups - 11/5/2012   10:20:30 AM
  • 3
    Women, please keep in mind that if you have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), you are also at a higher risk for Type II - 11/5/2012   9:59:22 AM
  • STARVING_POET
    2
    My 15-year-old son has Type 1 diabetes, so this is something our family is very familiar with. I make it a point to test myself, my husband, and our younger son at least once a month. So far we've all tested within the normal range. I pray that continues. - 11/5/2012   7:43:36 AM
  • NEWJEN2013
    1
    My spouse has Diabetes and I have been using the resources on Spark People to help her. With the web site and the help of her doctor we are making great strides in helping her health. - 11/5/2012   7:28:59 AM

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