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Seven Diabetes Risk Factors 

As you are aware, diabetes is a sneaky disease with serious consequences, so it's important that you are diagnosed early, to prevent loss of vision, possible amputation of feet and heart disease. Following are some risk factors for diabetes. This diabetes information can help you to figure out when you need to go to your doctor for a diabetes test.

Diabetes Risk factors -
The following factors put you at risk for diabetes:

  1. You are at risk for diabetes if your blood pressure is high -  over 140/90

  2. Your diabetes risk increases if you have a sister, brother or parent who had diabetes

  3. Another diabetes risk characteristic is being overweight, the more overweight you are, the more likely that you may have diabetes or that you may develop it in the near future.

  4. Your diabetes risk will be more if you have high total cholesterol readings or low HDL (under 40) and or high triglyceride levels (over 250).

  5. Another diabetes risk factor is that you come from one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Native American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino or Pacific Islander

  6. Diabetes risk increases when you exercise less than 3 times per week.

  7. You're more likely have a diabetes risk if you had gestational diabetes or a baby weighing over 9 pounds.

Diabetes risk factors are important to discover because this disease can cause such unpleasant or even life threatening conditions.  Here are the symptoms of diabetes, in case you think you might have it.

Be sure to ask your doctor for a diabetes test regularly, especially if you have a background with the above diabetes risks. Since the diabetes test is relatively simple, itís a good idea to be tested at least every year if you have two or more of these risk factors.
Updated 9-15-14

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