Your lifestyle choices may determine whether you eventually receive a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
While type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition that is diagnosed during adolescence, type 2 diabetes has several risk factors and tends to appear later in life. While you may be in the clear for type 1, type 2 is still a serious disease that can lead to life-threatening complications if left unmanaged. According to the American Diabetes Association, the following factors can help you assess your risk of developing the condition sometime down the road.
- Your age – In most cases, type 2 diabetes will not develop in patients under 45 – but keep in mind that your lifestyle habits at any age can affect whether you experience the disease in the future.
- Your gender – While both genders are susceptible to diabetes, it is more common in men. Women who have experienced gestational diabetes during a pregnancy may be at a higher risk.
- Your family history – If diabetes runs in your family, your risk is higher.
- Your race – Certain races have a higher percentage of diabetics. People with the highest risk include African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Pacific Islanders.
- Your blood pressure – The higher your blood pressure, the higher your diabetes risk will be.
- Your activity level – A sedentary lifestyle will increase your risk level.
- Your BMI – If you are overweight or obese, your risk for diabetes will rise.
Aventura’s Diabetes Program provides the education, resources, support, and medical care you need to protect your health. Learn more about the program at our website or give us a call at (305) 682-7266.