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Type 2 Diabetes - Diabetes Risk Factors!

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

In recent years Type 2 diabetes has become a serious health concern all across the world. It is especially concerning for people living in developed countries as they have available to them untold amounts of both fast and processed foods. There is no question children are becoming overweight at alarming rate.

It used to be being overweight or obese was something that happened to unhappy and unhealthy adults. And it was certainly common knowledge being really fat to the point of obesity was a dangerous health problem.

What is obesity? Well obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher. Obesity shortens your life and makes you prone to diseases which diminish the quality of your life. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates being obese is becoming one of the top, if not the very top, cause of poor health.

Obesity as a problem has extended into childhood. With video games replacing outdoor play and fast food replacing meals, children are becoming fatter as time goes on. Making sure your child is healthy calls for a lot more than it used to. Years ago, making sure your children were vaccinated and providing them with the essentials for life was all that was required to take care of their health. The ultimate responsibility for fighting obesity for your children falls on your shoulders. Unfortunately, your children only know what tastes good not what is good for him or her.

Type 2 diabetes used to be a disease people may have developed when they were older. This is why it used to be called mature onset diabetes. These days, children as young as 8 or 10 years old can actually become Type 2 diabetics simply because of environmental and lifestyle factors.

Being overweight or obese is one of the biggest precipitating factors when it comes to developing insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Extra weight, especially around the abdominal area, creates a very dangerous hormonal situation in one's body.

Hormones such as insulin and cortisol become out of balance and cause a cascade of problems. The body stops understanding how to respond to insulin and continues to make more as the body thinks this is what is required to lower the blood sugar level. The blood sugar gets out of whack and things go haywire. Just losing weight can prevent and even reverse Type 2 diabetes in many people.

Another risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes is race...

  • African-Americans,
  • Pacific Islanders,
  • Latinos, and even
  • Asian people are more at risk of getting diabetes than Caucasians.

However, don't let that fool you. It is completely possible to develop Type 2 diabetes as a Caucasian. Race is not the only determining factor in whether or not a person will develop this form of diabetes.

Family history can also be a contributing factor as to whether or not you develop this disease. The genetic connection has really been established, in that a history for first-degree relatives with Type 2 diabetes makes a diagnosis much more likely within your family. If one of your parents had Type 2 diabetes, then there is certainly no question you have a higher risk of developing it if you put on weight around your abdominal area.

However, as with anything, you can make changes in your own life to avoid falling victim to your genetics.

Scientists are working on finding the gene and chromosome that make it possible to identify whether or not a person will develop Type 2 diabetes. When this gene or set of genes is identified, it may be possible for everyone to be routinely tested for Type 2 diabetes. If testing is carried out on a large scale and then preventative measures carried our, Type 2 diabetes could be kept from developing in people who are predisposed to have it.

What will you do to create a healthy lifestyle today so you can avoid or control Type 2 diabetes in your family?

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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