Diabetes has been on my mind recently. My mother was diagnosed with Type 2 a few years ago, and my younger brother was just diagnosed. Because I have a family history (one risk factor), and I am over 45 (another factor, although, sadly, many young people are now being diagnosed with Type 2), I have to get my blood work done annually. I am happy to report that so far I am fine.
There are several other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, including obesity, a poor quality diet (highly processed, sugar filled foods), and a sedentary lifestyle. In fact, obesity is the number one risk factor, leading to the creation of the term “diabesity”. Clearly a poor diet and little exercise would contribute to weight gain.
The bad news is that having Type 2 diabetes opens you up to many serious health problems:
- cardiovascular disease
- eye diseases
- kidney damage
- nerve damage
- foot problems
- skin problems
- teeth and gum problems
- mental health issues
- weakened immune system
- sexual dysfunction
The good news is that studies have shown that losing just 5% of your body weight significantly reduces your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
A healthy diet and regular movement will help you get there. If you need additional support and accountability, GET IN TOUCH!