More than thirty million Americans have diabetes, and an additional 84 million have a high risk of developing type II diabetes. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, where we can raise awareness about diabetes risk factors, as well as encourage others to make healthy changes in their lifestyle to lower their risk. Type II diabetes, unlike Type I, can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes, particularly if you are at a higher risk of having type II diabetes.
What is Type II?
Essentially, Type II diabetes is when your body does not use insulin properly; your body cannot make enough insulin to regulate your blood glucose levels, which can eventually lead to problems with your kidneys, nerves, and heart. Fortunately, early detection and treatment will decrease your risk of developing complications. While some people have extremely mild symptoms that go unnoticed, there are some common signs of type II diabetes:
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst and hunger
- Feeling fatigued
- Blurry vision
- Slow healing wounds
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the extremities
If you notice these symptoms, especially if you are at a higher risk of developing type II diabetes, make an appointment with your doctor right away.
Risk Factors & Prevention
Certain factors cause you to be at a higher risk of developing type II diabetes, including genetics, age, whether you have high blood pressure, and gender. While these matter, likely the biggest factor is your own health. Those that smoke, are overweight, eat unhealthily, and do not exercise are going to be at a much higher risk of developing Type II diabetes. Because of this, lowering your risk comes down to your own lifestyle!
To prevent type II diabetes, look at your lifestyle. Quit smoking, start working out, and maintain a better diet. While it is easier said than done, taking care of yourself is always worthwhile! For recommendations on diet and nutrition, discuss with our staff at Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers!
Courtesy of: American Diabetes Association