Type 2 Diabetes is not just a problem for the elderly anymore.
Type 2 diabetes used to be considered “adult diabetes,” and Type 1 diabetes was categorized as “juvenile diabetes”, due to the age of onset. Well, things have dramatically changed.
Today more children are being diagnosed with the disorder. Our youth are stricken with a lifelong problem of cardiovascular risk, as a result of Type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed in their youth, may lose as much of 10-15 years of their life on average! This is a serious affliction for our children and young adults.
Childhood obesity is often the culprit. People who are obese are particularly at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Obese people are more likely to have insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone our bodies make naturally. With insulin resistance, the pancreas works very hard to produce more insulin. Seemingly there is never enough to keep sugars normal.
Diabetes damages the heart
Diabetes is often associated with hurting your eyes or kidneys. Going blind or needing dialysis is very scary, but this is rare compared to how it causes cardiovascular problems. Common heart issues from Diabetes 2 include:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Atrial fibrillation
- Peripheral artery disease
- Cardiovascular death
Determining your risk
The American Diabetes Association encourages the public to take their online assessment for Type 2 Diabetes. http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/
This quick test focuses on common risk factors such as:
- Your gender
- Height and weight
- Physical activity
- High blood pressure
- Genetic predisposition
Prevention may be the key
We know those who are in better shape tend to have less Type 2 diabetes. Perhaps that is enough evidence to change your lifestyle for the better. Although there is no cure, losing weight, eating healthy, and staying fit can help prevent the disease. Drinking water instead of sugary beverages should also be part of your healthy lifestyle regiment.