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Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?


A staggering 90 to 95 percent of those living with diabetes have type 2. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder where pancreatic cells don't produce enough insulin or the body doesn't respond to insulin normally, even though the pancreas produces it.  

 
Type 2 diabetes has a number of risk factors to be aware of:  

Being overweight or obese. About 80 percent of those with type 2 diabetes are overweight. More body fat can make body cells more insulin-resistant.   

Being over age 45. The pancreas is less efficient at producing insulin as we age.   

Having a close family member with diabetes. Diabetes isn't contagious, but you may share lifestyle habits that increase your risk.   

Being African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian American, Hawaiian American, Pacific Islander, Native American or Alaska Native descent contributes to higher risk.  

Not exercising.
Having high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides levels.
   

Being a woman who had gestational diabetes, or delivered a baby weighing nine pounds or more.  

If you think you're at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, there are things you can do to reduce your risk. For more information, consult a registered dietitian in your area!

 

 

 

 
     
 
 
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