Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 Diabetes is on the rise, as the obesity epidemic continues in the U.S. One third of American adults are expected to have the disease by 2050, if this alarming trend continues. There are both genetic and controllable risk factors for diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends screening every 3 years, if your over the age of 45. If you're overweight, you should get more often. Be aware of these diabetes risk factors.
Overweight or Obese
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Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for diabetes. Belly fat is especially risky because it makes it harder for insulin to process glucose in the liver. The fat blocks excess sugar from the liver and causes the glucose stays in your bloodstream. Losing weight and building muscle is the most preventable step you can take to avoid diabetes.