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Type 2 Diabetes - Are You On The Road To Full-Blown Diabetes?

May 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

Even though Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the world, affecting 7 percent of the adult population on the planet, there are still those who refuse to believe it can happen to them. But statistically, this is simply not the case. The problem is for every two people who have been diagnosed, there is another person who has a "pre-diabetic" condition known as impaired glucose tolerance, meaning they are on the road toward developing Type 2 diabetes.

Worldwide Type 2 diabetes has more than tripled in the last 30 years and is expected to double again in the next 25 years, affecting a total of 300 million people. This is a tragedy, it's not even a contagious disease.

Not actually having diabetes, but being at an increased risk, is called pre-diabetes. In essence, this means your blood sugar levels are higher than what is considered normal, but not quite high enough for you to be considered a full-blown Type 2 diabetic. While this is reason for concern, it is not a guarantee you will, in fact, develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes. It is up to you to stop its progress.

Why do some people have elevated blood sugar while others don't? Some of it can be tied to genetics. If a parent is diabetic, the chances of their child being diabetic is four times as high when compared to a child of a non-diabetic. However, when both parents are diabetic, that risk goes up nine times.

Even without a diagnosis, there are some clear indications insulin resistance is starting to kick in...

1. One problem is your blood sugar drops off too far if you haven't eaten within a reasonable amount of time. Although we can all get weak or even a little shaky without food, there is a clear difference in the case of a pre-diabetic.

2. Another clue is you get shaky if you eat too many carbs, starches or sugar in one meal. This means your body is not producing enough insulin, or the amount of insulin being produced, is not being utilized properly.

3. Weight also plays a major role. When a pre-diabetic carries excess weight, the negative effects it has on the body are amplified. For those who are predisposed to Type 2 diabetes, excess weight is typically carried in the abdominal area. It's really important to "get" the effect obesity has on the cells' sensitivity to insulin: it means even if insulin is injected, as is sometimes necessary in Type 2 diabetes, it will not work as it is supposed to. Then larger doses are needed.

Being overweight or obese dramatically increases the likelihood of developing diabetes. That's why most individuals are overweight when they receive their diagnosis. In obese people, Type 2 diabetes is as common as a 42 inch waist.

Overall, eating an inappropriate diet, being inactive or having a very low-level of activity contributes to insulin resistance. Throw in a family history of diabetes and you will have to substantially alter your lifestyle in order to keep Type 2 diabetes out of your life.

How do you start to create a healthy lifestyle today so you can avoid developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes?

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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