Diabetes is a serious medical condition that affects 17 million Americans. Diabetics have a higher blood glucose (blood sugar) level than normal. Heart disease, vision loss, stroke, nerve damage and kidney disease are just some of the potential health problems diabetes can cause. Diabetes has two sub-sets, Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, which accounts for 5-10% of diabetics, typically occurs in juveniles and cannot be prevented. Type 2 diabetes usually becomes apparent during adulthood but it is becoming more prevalent in children. Type 2 diabetes is preventable.
If you already have diabetes, managing your condition is important to stopping future health problems from developing. If you do not have diabetes, there are critical steps that can be taken to prevent the onset of this serious condition.
One of the best ways to prevent diabetes from getting worse or even from beginning to develop in your body is to know if you are at risk.
What You Can Do
Now that you know what factors can leave you with a predisposition to diabetes, what can you do to stop it? There are several lifestyle changes people can make in order to manage their condition or to reduce their chances of having diabetes in the future.
Knowing the factors that put you at risk for diabetes and understanding how to prevent your physical condition from worsening are key components in avoiding a struggle with diabetes later in life. Pay attention to warning signs, take care of your body through physical activity and make healthier food choices and you will be well on your way to preventing or managing a diabetic condition.
Jaime Venditti, State Coordinator, New York Health Works