Recognizing Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes During American Diabetes Month

As American Diabetes Month comes to an end, it is important to recognize that the treat of diabetes should always be a concern for your health. Diabetes significantly increases an individual’s risk for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, so you should take a look at your diabetes risk to learn where improvements can be made in your lifestyle. Below are the leading risk factors for diabetes so you can assess how they play a role in your health.

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Obesity

Type-II diabetes has become much more prevalent in Americans of all ages, and this trend is largely attributed to obesity. About one third of Americans are obese, and another third of the population is overweight. These large sections of the population are at higher risk for type-II diabetes, because excess fat hinders proper insulin response in the body and leads to poor circulation that promotes elevated blood sugar.

Inactivity

Physical activity is important in the fight against obesity, as it is a critical component of weight control and it assists in proper digestion. When you get enough exercise, your body will need more energy to burn, so it will process food more efficiently. This will prevent the development of insulin resistance, which happens when you consume more food than your body’s energy needs require.

Poor nutrition

Consuming large quantities of processed food and fast food can lead to nutritional deficiencies that cause hormonal imbalances including changes to insulin production. Junk food and convenience foods are fine in moderation, but they can be a contributor to the development of diabetes if they are the primary food sources in your diet. Make a change for better nutrition to prevent diabetes by consuming more fresh foods and doing more cooking at home to have better control over what you eat.

At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose , we are constantly working to educate our patients about diabetes and guide them to healthier habits. Tap into your diabetes prevention plan with us by joining out H2U program to get access to all of our health education classes and events through and beyond American Diabetes Month. Learn more about this program on our website or call us at (408) 259-4000.

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