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
You are at risk for diabetes if your blood pressure is
high - over 140/90
Your diabetes risk increases if you have a sister, brother or
parent who had diabetes
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.
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).
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
Diabetes risk increases when you exercise less than 3 times per
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