The risk factors that contribute to type 2 diabetes vary from person to person. By maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active, you may be able to avoid some risk factors related to family history, age, race, and ethnicity.

The risk factors that contribute to type 2 diabetes vary from person to person. By maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active, you may be able to avoid some risk factors related to family history, age, race, and ethnicity.

Type 2 diabetes may be delayed or prevented if you take action on the factors you can change.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes

It is possible to develop type 2 diabetes at any age, even when you are a child. There is a greater likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes if you1

·       are overweight or obese.

·       are age 35 or older. Type 2 diabetes can also develop in children and teens, but the risk increases with age.

·       have a family history of diabetes.

·       do not engage in physical activity due to physical limitations, sedentary lifestyles, or jobs that requires you to sit for long periods of time.

·       have prediabetes.

·       have gestational diabetes, a condition that develops during pregnancy, or gave birth to a child weighing nine pounds or more.

·       have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes

If not managed, type 2 diabetes can lead to symptoms such as: 

  • Feeling very thirsty and drinking a lot
  • Feeling very hungry
  • Having blurry vision
  • Having cuts or sore that don’t heal properly
  • having very dry skin
  • having more infections than usual

People with type 2 diabetes may also experience irritability, mood changes, and unintentional weight loss.

Can type 2 diabetes be prevented?

Yes, of course! Even if you’re at high risk, you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by making small, achievable lifestyle changes, such as engaging in strength training, eating a balanced diet and reducing your intake of sugary foods or overly processed foods. 

In the event that you cannot prevent diabetes, careful monitoring can keep your blood sugar levels within a safe range and prevent serious complications from developing.

We’ll discuss more on the methods used to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in the next article which will conclude this series on diabetes and why it matters. 

REFERENCES:

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/weight-training-can-help-people-with-type-2-diabetes#How-strength-training-works

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