Being diagnosed with diabetes can catch people off-guard. While the symptoms present differently in every patient, there are a number of factors that increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Knowing what increases your risk factors can allow you to potentially avoid developing diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes commonly occurs in obese adults. Fatty tissue is resistant to insulin, meaning that the more fatty tissue you have the less adept your body will be at processing sugar.
- Fat Distribution
How fatty tissue affects your risk of Type 2 diabetes also depends on where it is centered. Fatty tissue centered around your abdomen increases your risk much more than fatty tissue centered elsewhere, such as the hips or thighs.
Exercise uses up glucose as energy and helps control weight; in this way, inactivity increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Researchers are unsure why people of certain races—including Hispanics, African Americans, and Asian Americans—are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than whites, but there is a noticeable trend in those communities.
Your risk of Type 2 diabetes increases as you age, especially after age 45. This may be a result of a multiple causes, such as the decrease in exercise, loss of muscle mass, and increased weight after 45.
- Family History
If a parent or sibling has Type 2 diabetes, then your risk increases dramatically.
These are just a few of the common risk factors of developing Type 2 diabetes, but there are many others. For more information about risk factors or tips for managing your diabetes, give us a call at (888) 719-4870. Lifeline Medical & Diabetic is a one-stop shop for managing your diabetes. We feature a full pharmacy and a line of custom and non-custom footwear and other supplies. If you need help managing your diabetes, then contact us today and find out how we can help you!