American Diabetes Alert Day is March 26: Are You at Risk?
“You have borderline diabetes” or “You’re a borderline diabetic.” Has your doctor ever told you that? That means you’re at risk of developing diabetes and you need to make some changes right away to improve your health. The number of people in the U.S. living with diabetes or prediabetes continues to soar. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now puts that number at 100 million. The Diabetes Association’s Alert Day is a one-day “wake-up call” to inform the American public of the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk.
Warning Signs for Prediabetes
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose level, also called blood sugar, is higher than it should be. Glucose comes from the types of foods we eat, and the body uses glucose for energy. It’s actually our main source of energy. The hormone insulin controls glucose levels in our bodies. People with diabetes have higher-than-normal levels of glucose in their blood, and high blood glucose for an extended period of time can damage your kidneys, eyes, and other organs. The three most common types of diabetes are:
Type 1 Diabetes
It used to be called juvenile diabetes, though now it affects more adults. Type 1 is believed to be an autoimmune condition, caused more by genetics than lifestyle factors. People with Type 1 need to take insulin every day to stay alive.
Type 2 Diabetes
This is the most common one. Lifestyle factors such as being overweight and the lack of exercise play a big role in Type 2 diabetes, along with genetics, and the environment.
This develops in some women during pregnancy and is caused by insulin-blocking hormones. It only occurs during pregnancy.
A quarter of the people with prediabetes have no clue that they do because there are no clear symptoms. And that’s why it’s important to routinely have lab and blood work done, in which a doctor tests your blood glucose. He or she can also check your blood pressure levels. Besides a prediabetes diagnosis, here are some other risk factors for type 2 diabetes:
- Overweight or obese
- Age 45 and older
- High blood pressure
- Inactive lifestyle
- A family history of diabetes (genetics)
- Your race (African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Asian-Americans are at higher risk)
How To Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and it starts with making some crucial lifestyle changes. Immediately begin managing your weight by eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis. Reduce or eliminate any processed food and limit alcoholic drinks. Control your blood pressure, and if you’re a smoker, stop immediately.
As weight loss experts, we can help you lose weight with our medically-supervised weight loss program and our weight loss IV (intravenous) treatment, our FAT BLAST Fusion. To get tested for diabetes, call us at (305) 823-2433 for an appointment or schedule an appointment online.
We can discuss how we can help you reduce the risk of diabetes. Here’s to great health!
March 19, 2019 5:17 pm