Pre-Diabetes Diagnosis: Signs and Symptoms to Watch For
Diabetes is a destructive disease that often presents with no symptoms and is able to affect anyone at any age. The risk factors for diabetes are extensive and should be monitored carefully to prevent or reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The onset of type 2 diabetes begins when the bodys blood glucose levels are elevated. Insulin aids in the breakdown process of glucose into energy, which is then distributed throughout the body. In cases where the body does not respond properly to insulin, an insulin deficiency is the result which causes damage to many areas of the body.
If you have a family history of diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease, there is a strong risk of developing this disease at some point later in life. Many minority groups, especially African-Americans and Native-Americans, are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The risk of developing diabetes increases with age, so it is recommended by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse that anyone over the age of 45 be tested for diabetes (although you should get tested younger if you have a family background of the disease).
The two biggest risk factors that are in your control are lifestyle and dietary factors. Being overweight puts a strain on the bodys ability to properly use insulin. Being overweight and/or leading a sedentary lifestyle also result in higher blood