Are You At Risk for Diabetes?
Diabetes exists in two forms: Type 1, or insulin dependent, and Type 2, or non-insulin dependent.
The rate of Type 2 diabetes has more than tripled in the last 30 years, with much of the increase attributed to the growing rate of obesity. In addition, certain populations have a higher risk of diabetes, especially African-Americans and Hispanics.
Other characteristics that can put you at higher risk for Type 2 diabetes include:
- A relative with diabetes
- A body mass index greater than 25
- An elevated triglyceride or low HDL cholesterol level
- Gestational diabetes or delivering a baby weighing more than nine pounds.
If you think you might be at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, check with your physician and dietetics professional to help develop an eating and physical activity plan that's right for you.