Don’t Ignore These Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

There are several forms of diabetes, but Type 2 is by far the most common. This disease develops when your blood sugar (glucose) gets too high. In the past, people referred to Type 2 diabetes as adult-onset diabetes. While it does occur most often in people 45 or older, anyone of any age can develop this disease.

Over 34 million Americans have diabetes, but 1 in 5 don’t know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even more troubling, over 88 million adults, more than a third, have prediabetes, but only 16% realize it. 

Without treatment, elevated blood sugar can lead to long-term complications, such as:

Dr. Rohit Dwivedi at Sonoran Endocrinology helps diagnose and manage numerous disorders, including diabetes. He shares these two risk factors for Type 2 diabetes that you should never ignore: being overweight and your genetics.

Being overweight

Unfortunately, Type 2 diabetes and obesity go hand in hand, especially if your body mass index (BMI) is over 30. This is even more true when you carry this excess fat in your abdomen (as opposed to your hips and thighs). In the United States, more than 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are also overweight.

Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease, meaning it has direct links to behavior, like what you eat and your exercise habits. Your diet not only puts you at risk of being overweight, but your food choices can also increase your blood sugar. 

Foods that increase your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes include:

Not getting enough exercise also impacts your weight and puts you at risk of diabetes. In fact, the less active you are, the higher your chances of developing this blood sugar disorder.

Genetics

While being overweight or obese is the main risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, you also can’t ignore your genetics. If you have a parent or sibling with the condition, this significantly increases your chances of having it yourself.

Your race and ethnicity also increase your likelihood of Type 2 diabetes, especially among those who are:

Fortunately, making the right lifestyle choices can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, even if you have genetics that put you at higher risk of the disease.

If you have these risk factors, don’t wait to see your doctor. Dr. Dwivedi can help reach a diagnosis and develop a strategy to keep your blood sugar under control. Once you have diabetes, you need long-term care to ensure your blood sugar remains stable, but Dr. Dwivedi can help every step of the way.

Are you worried you could have Type 2 diabetes? Contact the Sonoran Endocrinology office nearest you by calling or booking an appointment online today.

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