But with type 2 diabetes, not knowing your risk level can mean that you are heading down a path with dangerous consequences. Just like Little Red Riding Hood skipping through the forest.
Type 2 diabetes is often hard to track. It can start slowly and the signs may not easy to see. It’s possible to have the condition for up to 10 years without knowing it.
That’s why it’s very important to find out your risk level. Then you can take action and enjoy a full life. It’s worth it to avoid the devastating limitations and complications of type 2 diabetes.
So, let’s examine the risk factors here and now…
Genetic and Family Factors
You are more at risk if someone in your family has type 2 diabetes. Indigenous Australians are three times more likely to develop this condition than non-Indigenous Australians.
Asians too are at higher risk than people of European heritage. Currently over 60% of the world’s diabetes population is Asian.
While there is nothing you can change about your genetic makeup, you can take action to manage your daily activities. That brings us to the second group of risk factors…
You are more at risk if
You get less than 2 ½ hours of exercise a week
Your blood pressure is high
You eat lots of sugary and fatty foods
You are overweight, that is, your Body Mass Index is greater than 25. (Your doctor or nurse can measure this for you.)
Your waist measurement is more than 80cms for women or 94cms for men
Sure, maybe you have a bit of a muffin top. What’s the big deal?
Well, the fat around your abdomen leaks a chemical that stops the cells of your body using glucose correctly. Instead your blood gets overloaded with glucose. This means your cells don’t get the fuel they need to function properly.
Take Action for Your Health
If you have questions or concerns, now is the time to come and see us at CBBS. Our nurse and doctors will give you a thorough risk assessment for type 2 diabetes. It’s totally bulk-billed so it’s free for you.
Call us now on 5438 1488 to book your appointment.
Wishing you the best of health,
The Caloundra Bulk Billing Surgery Team