In 2014, over 29 million people in the US have diabetes. Unfortunately, a surprising 8.1 million people have undiagnosed diabetes. With diabetes steadily increasing over the years, it’s important to find out what could put you or your family at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. At the NY Center for The Prevention of Heart Disease in Manhattan, we can pinpoint the most common risk factors associated with diabetes:
If you are more likely to watch TV on the couch then put on your running shoes than you are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. When you workout you not only control your weight but you also use glucose for energy to make cells more sensitive to insulin. Therefore, ward off diabetes by adding anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to moderate to vigorous activities at least five days a week. If you don’t get enough exercise then it’s time to talk to Dr. Bradley Radwaner about a proper exercise regime for you and your health.
Being obese or overweight is a main risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, about 80 percent of those with type 2 diabetes are overweight. While the link between these two things still isn’t clear, it’s assumed that this metabolic disorder causes the cells to become more resistant to insulin.
If a parent or a sibling has type 2 diabetes then your risk of developing this metabolic disease also increases.
There is also a positive correlation between age and your risk for type 2 diabetes. Therefore, those over the age of 45 are even more likely to develop this chronic condition. This may have something to do with physical activity levels, which may decrease as we age.
Those diagnosed with prediabetes, gestational diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. If you have any of these risk factors, then it’s time to see Dr. Radwaner to discover the most effective ways to prevent yourself from developing this disorder. Schedule an appointment today at the New York Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease.