Who’s at Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes
If you over indulge in food, you’re always at risk, but certain ethnic groups do carry a greater chance of getting this kind of diabetes.
While diabetes is common in Caucasians, the risk of becoming a Type 2 diabetic is greater if you’re African American or Hispanic.
This is because the family heritage plays a strong role in determining lifestyle that can lead to overeating.
Type 2 diabetes has also been called ‘adult onset’ diabetes, leading many to falsely believe that it’s a problem mainly for overweight adults.
But the truth is that in today’s world, even children are at great risk and are being diagnosed in record numbers simply because they are carrying around too much weight for their body.
By having an immediate family member, especially a parent or sibling who has or had diabetes, your odds of developing Type 2 diabetes increase.
Anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes based on the mentioned risks, but if you’re a woman and you were ever diagnosed with gestational diabetes, high blood pressure or polycystic ovary syndrome, then you are at a greater risk.
Getting Tested for Diabetes
You can get tested for diabetes by undergoing a fasting glucose tolerance test, but be aware that this is not always an indicator that you don’t have the disease if you get a negative result.
The best bet is to have your doctor give you an A1c test.
This is a blood test that shows what your glucose levels were for the past three months and is one of the best indicators for how your body is handling the glucose-whether it’s being used properly or is staying in your bloodstream. The best result is a reading of less than six percent.
Suppose you weren’t aware of all the risks of Type 2 diabetes or you assumed that it wouldn’t happen to you.
What do you do when you do receive a diagnosis of diabetes?
The first thing you should do is take a deep breath. Next, realize you can fight back against the diagnosis and reverse it.
Realize you can fight back against the diagnosis and reverse it.
When a person is diagnosed with diabetes, many doctors hand out a few pamphlets on the disease and a prescription for medication without telling the patients that there is an alternate route.
The Big Lie
A handful of widely known diabetes organizations never mention that diabetes reversal is possible.
Because diabetes is a big business and there’s revenue to be gained for those organizations, but you owe it to yourself to be the most informed about any condition you’re diagnosed with.
If your doctor tells you that you have diabetes, you should know more about the disease than he or she does because it’s your health on the line.