There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is the most common and is linked to being overweight. You can do things to help reduce your chances of contracting this type of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is not linked to being overweight. Unfortunately there are no changes in your lifestyle that can lower your risk of type 1 diabetes as it is caused by damaged insulin providing cells rather than living an unhealthy lifestyle. We’re unsure why these cells become damaged in the first place. The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a closer look at Type 2 diabetes and breaks down what increases your risk.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels or if your body is unable to use the insulin that is being produced.
There are certain things which put you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes including your age, if you have a relative with the condition, your ethnic origin and your weight.
If you are over 40 your risk of this type of diabetes increases. As people get older many people gain weight and are do less exercise. White people are at a greater risk of developing diabetes over the age of 40 but for other ethnic origins such as Africa or middle Eastern people there chances are higher at a younger age. It has become more common for children of all origins to develop this form of diabetes, perhaps linking to increased levels of childhood obesity.
If you have a close relation with diabetes the likelihood of you developing the condition is increased. A close relation could be a parent or sibling. The closer the relative is to you the more increased your risk is. If you do have a close relationship with diabetes it’s vital that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and control your weight to reduce your risk rather than increasing it further.
People with an ethnicity that is South Asian, African, Afro-Caribbean or Middle Easter are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. For people in South Asian communities increased risk is six times more common than in the UK and for African or Afro-Caribbean people the condition is three times as likely.
If you are overweight or obese your risk is greatly increased. A body mass index or BMI over 30 puts you in the danger category. If you carry fat around your abdomen you are also at a greater risk as it releases chemicals that can upset your cardiovascular and metabolic systems. These problems also link to serious health issues such as heart disease, cancer and stroke. Reducing your overall body weight can seriously reduce your risks of contracting type 2 diabetes.
Your risk is also heightened if you suffer from any of these conditions:
- Impaired fasting glycaemia (IFG) Pre-diabetes
- Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) Pre-diabetes
- Gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
The main thing you can do to protect yourself against this type of diabetes is look after your health and well-being by having a balanced diet and regularly exercising. For some people the risks are already increased due to their ethnic origin for example. But unlike many medical conditions you have a chance to reduce your risk. To disregard a chance of avoiding this illness would be foolish by anyone’s standards. Don’t become a statistic when you have the chance to guard your health from harm, not just from diabetes but from other serious illnesses.
Access your risk by visiting: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Diabetes/Pages/Avoiddiabetes.aspx#weight
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