Type 2 Diabetes: Are You at Risk?

According to the American Diabetes Association, 57 million Americans are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Magnifying the problem is the fact that many of those in danger don't realize it. That's because all but the most serious cases of diabetes may manifest with symptoms that seem harmless — like thirst and fatigue. November marks American Diabetes Month, and the American Diabetes Association encourages you to be proactive and take steps to reduce your risk of getting this potentially debilitating disease. The first step is educating yourself about the risk factors.

People with type 2 diabetes have too much glucose in their blood and not enough insulin to break it down. Large concentrations of blood glucose can cause irreparable damage to the kidneys, eyes, and nervous system. You should be aware of the following risk factors:

  • Obesity or being overweight
  • High blood pressure (above 130/80)
  • Insulin resistance
  • Impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose
  • Inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

How to Prevent/Address Type 2 Diabetes

The most effective ways to avoid this dangerous disease are to maintain a healthy weight, participate in daily exercise, and eat a diet low in saturated fats and rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.

How to live with Diabetes

Participating in a personal health coaching program, such as ProjectSPUR, has proven to be successful in helping people with diabetes feel better and stay out of the hospital. To learn more, click here: http://www.wyohealth.org/page.php?p=project-spur or call us.