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Am I At Risk for Diabetes?

The number of people diagnosed every year with Diabetes is on the rise. It’s really an epidemic now and deemed so by the medical community. The ADA (American Diabetes Association) says that:

  • In 2012, 29.1 million Americans (9.3% of the population) were diagnosed
  • Compare that to 2010 where 25.8 million (8.3%) Americans had diabetes
  • Undiagnosed cases including 8.1 million of the 29.1 million in 2012 and 7 million of 25.8 million
  • Individuals  > 65 with diabetes remains at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
  • Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010

It is safe to say that diabetes rakes in billions of dollars.  The costs surrounding diabetes includes:

  • Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in 2012: $245 billion US dollars.
  • Direct medical costs were around $176 billion US dollars
  • (Not to mention all the lost productivity which results ~ $69 billion)

What’s clear is that there is a major problem worldwide with Diabetes.  But what causes it and are you at risk?

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have a family member that has been diagnosed with Diabetes?
    This will increase likelihood.
  2. Have you been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure in the past?
    This will also increase likelihood.
  3. Are you over 50?
    The older you are, the higher the risk.
  4. Are you a male?
    Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed
  5. If you’re a woman, have you been diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant?
    This will increase your risk of type 2 diabetes
  6. What race are you?
    People with certain backgrounds have higher likelihood of developing diabetes
  7. Are you physically active?
    People who do not workout or do physical activity are more likely to get diabetes
  8. Do you have an abnormal BMI?
    A high BMI increases the chances for you

These are the main questions to ask yourself, if you are answering most questions in favour of increased likelihood taking preventative measures now can help you.

Despite everything, always remember that the two keys to success are:

  • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week.
  • Eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and reduce the number of calories you eat per day.

Don’t forget:  I am not a doctor and cannot give you advice.  Don’t stop doing what your Dr. says and consult him/her before making a decision.

Blood Sugar 101

Diabetes leads to a continual imbalance in your blood sugar.

When there is too much sugar in the body  hyperglycemia occurs.  Defined by the WHO (World Health Organization), you are in the red zone if:

  • Blood glucose levels > 11.0 mmol/L
    (200 mg/dl) about 2 hours after a meal.
  • Blood glucose levels > 7.0 mmol/L
    (126 mg/dl) when you haven’t eaten (fasting)

But the question on our minds is: why is high blood sugars so bad for you and what are good sugar levels?

If you have > 7.0 mmol/L blood sugar for an extended period of time, you risk damaging internal organs.  When they are greater than 11, serious damage can occur.

If Hyperglycemia goes untreated for a long period of time, diabetic coma (ketoacidosis) may occur.  This happens when your body doesn’t have enough insulin.  In order for glucose to be used (and fuel your body), you need insulin.  The body is then forces to use fats that are broken down for energy.  When fats are broken down, ketones are produced in the body, but too many ketones is a bad thing.  When your body has too much in the blood, diabetic coma occurs.

Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar is too low (usually less than 70mg/dL.  People sometimes interchange the term hypglycemia with insulin reaction or insulin shock.  If low blood sugar continues for a period of time, it could lead to a seizure or unconsciousness.  Many have blood glucose readings below 70mg and feel absolutely no symptoms, this is referred to as hypoglycemia unawareness.  When this occurs, we’re less likely to be awakened from sleep.