What diabetes risk factors may trigger
the onset and progression of diabetes?
Knowing diabetes risk factors may help you to stop or delay the onset and progression of diabetes. The first place to start is to know what diabetes risk factors may trigger the onset of diabetes.
If diabetes has begun then it is important to limit the effects with changes you can make in your behavior. You can limit the progression.
There are things I want to share with you about diabetes risk for the onset and progression of diabetes.
Hi, I'm Dr. Charles Sauvageau and I'm a type 2 diabetic. This disorder snuck up on me. I didn't know about the diabetes risk factors.
I wasn't feeling well. I saw my doctor and I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic in 2007. By 2008, I had full blown type 2 diabetes.
Most people don't know they are at risk for diabetes until it's too late like me. Here are the things to look for to reduce your diabetes risk.
Learn what life is like in this video when you ignore the diabetes risk factors.
Type 1 Diabetes
There are two main types of diabetes called Type 1 and 2. There are other types but we will have to save that for a different article.
Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder. The body starts to attack itself. There are a number of common autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis which attacks bones and joints. In the case of Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is attacked so it can no longer produce insulin.
Insulin is a hormone involved in converting the food you eat into energy for your cells. A lack of insulin causes low blood sugar which can lead to death if left untreated.
Type 1 diabetics take synthetic insulin to maintain normal glucose levels. It is not possible to prevent Type 1 diabetes however there is a lot that can be done to halt its progression so it does not cause even more serious health problems.
Type 2 Diabetes
Concerning Type 2 diabetes, there is a lot that can be done to prevent it. With Type 2 diabetes, the body does produce insulin but something interferes with the cycle of turning the food you eat into energy that is distributed to the cells.
Normally with Type 2, the blood sugar goes too high after eating which is a condition known as hyperglycemia due to a lack of insulin in the blood.
On the other hand, if a person with Type 2 diabetes does not correctly take their medications such as a pill for diabetes or insulin then their blood glucose can drop too low which is a condition known as hypoglycemia.
Diabetes Risk Factor Awareness
There are several known diabetes risk factors related to Type 2 diabetes. These will not cause diabetes but can increase your chances of contracting the disease as you get older.
According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 9% of the population have diabetes with one-quarter unaware that they have it.
Around 86 million adults are thought to have pre-diabetes. A recent estimate has calculated that up to 35% of Americans have metabolic syndrome which is a precursor of pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Known risk factors for developing diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are a number of known diabetes risk factors for diabetes including:
* Being 45 years of age or older. I was about this age when my diabetes began to develop.
* Having a family member who has diabetes. My mother has diabetes.
* Being from the following ethnic groups:
o Alaskan Native
o Native American - I am native American.
o Asian-Americans from the Indian subcontinent and Filipinos
o Hispanic or Latino
African-Americans and Native Americans are twice as likely to develop diabetes as whites. Nearly four times more likely than Chinese Americans who follow a traditional non-Western diet.
* Women who have had gestational diabetes which is diabetes that develops when they are pregnant. They are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life.
* Having a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
* Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This is an illness with symptoms that can include irregular or no periods, acne, obesity, and excessive hair growth. Women with PCOS are at a higher risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
* Being overweight or obese.
* Having pre-diabetes.
* Suffering from metabolic syndrome which is a cluster of five health conditions that can lead to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and diabetes.
The five conditions are;
I have all 5 conditions.
o High blood pressure
o Waist roundness - being overweight around the middle
o Low HDL ("good") cholesterol
o High triglycerides (a component of cholesterol)
o High blood glucose
* Having heart and blood vessel disease such as coronary artery disease (CAD) or peripheral artery disease (PAD), heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. I have CAD, past heart attacks, heart failure, and stroke.
* Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that manifests as dark rashes around your neck or armpits. It is commonly seen in people with metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance.
* Suffering from depression. I do have clinical depression.
Behavior Risk Factors
Other diabetes risk factors have to do with your daily habits and lifestyle including:
* Getting little or no exercise
* Being under a lot of stress
* Sleeping too little
* Sleeping too much
If you have any of these diabetes risk factors then it is time to visit your doctor to check your glucose levels to see what you can do to protect yourself from diabetes.
Don't follow my path and wait until it is too late.