The risk factors of type 2 diabetes circle around lifestyle issues, from physical inactivity to not caring what we eat.
Here are some factors that can get you diabetes…
1. We are getting lazy by the day
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you even get tired.
According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.
The consequences of physical inactivity can include,
- an increased risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
- It can also lead to poor mental health outcomes, such as depression and anxiety
Physical activity is crucial in preventing and managing diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes.
Regular exercise helps to improve insulin sensitivity, which means that your body is better able to use insulin to control blood sugar levels.
This is important because insulin resistance is a key factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. Physical activity also helps to reduce the risk of other health complications that are associated with diabetes.
It can also help to improve overall fitness and well-being. Experts recommend that adults aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, spread over at least three days.
This can include activities such as brisk walking, cycling, swimming, or dancing.
It’s important to note that exercise doesn’t have to be intense or time-consuming to be beneficial. Even small amounts of physical activity can have a positive impact on your health.
So, try to find activities that you enjoy and can incorporate into your daily routine.
2. We eat like we don’t care about our bodies
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are
“We are what we eat” is a common saying that emphasizes how our food choices impact our overall health and well-being.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poor eating habits are a major contributor to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
In the United States, less than 10% of adults consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
These statistics highlight the importance of making healthy dietary choices and adopting a balanced and nutritious diet.
Consuming a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help to provide our bodies with the necessary nutrients to function at their best.
On the other hand, a diet high in processed or sugary foods can contribute to negative health outcomes, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. So, it’s important to be mindful of what we eat and strive for a healthy, balanced diet.
It’s time to take a closer look at the foods we eat. After all, we are what we eat. What we put into our bodies has a significant impact on our health and overall well-being.
3. We are careless with medication
Drug-induced diabetes is not very common, but it can occur in individuals who take certain medications.
However, it is important to note that some medications can increase the risk of developing diabetes, especially in individuals who are already at risk due to lifestyle factors such as obesity and physical inactivity.
It’s important to work closely with your healthcare provider to monitor your blood sugar levels while taking these medications and adjust your treatment plan as needed to prevent or manage diabetes.
4. We love the bottle, way too much
Alcohol consumption can contribute to the development of diabetes in a number of ways.
Firstly, alcohol contains a high amount of sugar, which can cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Over time, this can lead to insulin resistance and the development of type 2 diabetes.
Secondly, alcohol consumption can lead to weight gain, which is a major risk factor for diabetes. Finally, excessive alcohol consumption can damage the pancreas, which is responsible for producing insulin.
This can lead to a decrease in insulin production and an increased risk of developing diabetes. It’s important to consume alcohol in moderation and to work closely with your healthcare provider to monitor your blood sugar levels and prevent the development of diabetes.
5. We cannot commit to a diet
Committing to a healthy diet is an important step in preventing and managing diabetes.
A healthy diet should be balanced and include a variety of foods from different food groups.
This can include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. It’s important to limit the intake of processed and sugary foods, as these can contribute to negative health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes.
One way to commit to a healthy diet is to plan your meals in advance. This can help you make healthier choices and avoid reaching for unhealthy snacks or fast food when you’re hungry. Another way to stay committed to a healthy diet is to find healthy alternatives to your favourite foods.
For example, if you love pizza, try making a homemade version with whole grain crust and plenty of vegetables. It’s also important to be patient and forgiving with yourself. Changing your diet can be difficult, and it’s okay to have setbacks or slip-ups.
The key is to stay committed to your goals and keep working towards a healthier lifestyle. With time and effort, committing to a healthy diet can become a habit that helps you prevent and manage diabetes.
6. We stay obese and overweight
Obesity, is a disease on its own
Obesity is recognized as a disease by many medical organizations, including World Health Organization.
Obesity is defined as having excess body fat that can have negative effects on overall health and well-being.
Caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices.
It is associated with a range of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer.
It can also lead to physical limitations, reduced quality of life, and increased healthcare costs. Treating obesity requires a comprehensive approach that includes lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, as well as medical interventions and support.
It’s important to recognize that obesity is not a personal failure or a lack of willpower. It is a disease that requires medical attention and support. By understanding the complex factors that contribute to obesity and by providing support and resources for those affected, we can work towards preventing and treating this disease and improving overall health and well-being.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a common hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS often have elevated levels of insulin, which can lead to insulin resistance and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a fairly common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age.
In fact, studies have shown that up to 70% of women with PCOS may have insulin resistance, which can lead to the development of diabetes over time.
In addition to an increased risk of diabetes, PCOS is associated with a range of other health problems, including irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, weight gain, and sleep apnea.
Women with PCOS may also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Managing PCOS typically involves a combination of lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and medical interventions, such as medication.
Women with PCOS are encouraged to maintain a healthy weight, as weight loss can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
A healthy diet that is low in processed and sugary foods and high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can also be helpful in managing PCOS and reducing the risk of diabetes. It’s important for women with PCOS to work closely with their healthcare provider to monitor their insulin levels and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses their individual needs and concerns.
By managing PCOS and reducing the risk of diabetes, women can improve their overall health and well-being and reduce the risk of long-term health problems.
It’s important to note that having one or more of these risk factors does not mean that an individual will necessarily develop diabetes, but it does increase the likelihood. It’s important to work closely with a healthcare provider to monitor and manage any potential risk factors and develop a comprehensive diabetes management plan.