KNOW YOUR RISK FACTORS for TYPE 2 DIABETES
WITH DIABETES ON THE RISE at SUCH ALARMING RATES IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF THE RISK FACTORS----DIABETES CAN BE PREVENTED.
People who don’t know they are at risk may be less inclined to make diabetes-preventing lifestyle changes.
The list of potential risk factors is long, and people with any of the risks should discuss diabetes testing with their health care provider.
The risk factors include:
· Living a sedentary (inactive) lifestyle. Basically exercising less than 3 times a week.
"The important message to get out to the community is that these are the people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes," says Charles M. Clark Jr., MD.
Clark is a professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and is chairman emeritus of the NIDDK’s National Diabetes Education Program.
He tells WebMD limited public health funds make both finding undiagnosed diabetes cases and taking care of people who know they have the disease a challenge.
"We only have so much to invest," he says. "We may want to spend more on screening efforts, but the reality is that we may need to spend more taking care of the people we already know about."
SOURCES: Cowie, C.C. Diabetes Care, Catherine C. Cowie, PhD, director, Diabetes Epidemiology Program, NIDDK. Charles M. Clark, MD, professor of medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine; chairman emeritus, NIDDK National Diabetes Education Program.
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