Back in 1985, an estimated 30 million cases of diabetes existed worldwide. The number increased to 177 million in 2000 and is expected to rise to at least 370 million by 2030: almost all from Type 2 diabetes associated with aging, obesity, and inactivity.
If you are a middle-aged adult and concerned about your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you are ahead of the curve. Most people do not consider their risk for widespread disease and will, unfortunately, be afflicted with one of several health issues sooner or later. The fact of the matter is many diseases and illnesses are preventable. With a healthy lifestyle, you can maximize your health for as long as nature allows.
You, along with everyone else will eventually die whether we like it or not. But why not live for as long as you can, leading the best quality of life you can? By asking yourself if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you are asking one of the essential questions to help you live a healthier and more fulfilling life.
In regards to Type 2 diabetes, there are many factors to look out for to determine how vulnerable you are to the disease. In case you are not familiar with the risk factors, here is a list…
- rising blood sugar levels, and consequently insulin resistance
- high blood pressure,
- being overweight or obese: having elevated levels of fat especially around the abdominal area,
- eating an unhealthy diet, typically characterized by excess simple carbs,
- a family history of diabetes,
- African-Americans and Hispanics tend to have a high susceptibility to diabetes,
- people aged over 40 are at an increased risk.
This health problem cannot be ascribed to very large or old people. Most cases of Type 2 diabetes are caused by the ever-increasing overweight or moderately obese population.
What is important to note is most of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes are controllable. Aside from age, ethnicity, and family history, what puts you at risk for this form of diabetes is entirely under your control. And not only are these factors controllable; they are also the primary reasons for developing Type 2 diabetes. So, even if you are a 45-year-old African-American with a family history of Type 2 diabetes, you can still keep it at bay by taking charge of your health.
Those who eventually become diabetics are almost always those who didn’t take preventive measures in the first place. If you are concerned about your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it’s best to start taking care of yourself immediately.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.