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Do you know diabetes risk factors?

Two types of diabetes are known. Type 1 occurs when the human body does not make insulin at all. People suffering from type 2 diabetes either are deficient in insulin, or their cells disregard the insulin they have. About 95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. It is also known as "adult-onset" diabetes. If untreated, diabetes can result in blindness, neurological disorders and blood vessel damage that leads to foot or leg amputation, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and death. BE AWARE OF RISK FACTORS If the baby you gave birth to weighed more than 9 pounds and/or if you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you may also be more likely to develop diabetes. Males and Females in their mid 40s and older are in the risk group, too. You are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, if it runs in your family, or if you are African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American or Pacific American. If you are in the risk group, your doctor may want to begin regular diabetes examination. The earlier you find out you have diabetes, the more you and your medical practitioner can do to ensure you stay healthy. ALTER WHAT YOU CAN Unfortunately, you can do nothing to change your age, ethnicity or family history, but there are several factors that you can take control of. The risk of developing diabetes also heightens, if you are fat, you do not do physical exercise regularly and/or you have an unhealthy diet. If you know you are at high risk, making proper choices about what you eat and drink and physical activity can help you stay healthy. Studies have shown that eating a healthy food and exercising can forestall or deter type 2 diabetes. If you are fat, note that an undue weight gain is the single most crucial risk factor for type 2 diabetes. According to estimates, 80%- 90% of people with diabetes are obese. Losing weight and getting it off can help preclude diabetes. Eat a diversity of foods, including high-fiber foods. Also, watch your portion. Note that any amount of exercise is much better than none. Ride an exercise bicycle while viewing the evening news or your favorite series. Most of all, make sure you find an activity that appeals to you, so you will stick with it. So, eating in the right way and doing exercise are the keys to achieving and sustaining a healthy weight.
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