Are You At Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?
How does my weight relate to type 2 diabetes?
There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes such as race, age, diet, pregnancy, stress, certain medications, genetics or family history, high cholesterol and obesity. However, the single best predictor type 2 diabetes is obesity. Almost 90% of people living with type 2 diabetes are overweight or have obesity. People who are overweight or have obesity have added pressure on their body’s ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels, and are therefore more likely to develop diabetes. The number of diabetes cases among American adults increased by a third during the 1990s, and additional increases were expected. With 1.7 million new cases being diagnosed in 2009 rapidly increasing is mostly attributed to the growing prevalence of obesity in the United States. Since then according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been steady downward curve on the graph shows us that the latest figure for new diagnoses in 2014 is 1.4 million.
This decrease shows us that we can be proactive and take preventive measures in reducing our chances of having to deal with diabetes throughout our lifespan. There are things you can do.
What can you do to prevent diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. Studies have found that lifestyle changes and small amounts of weight loss in the range of 5-10% can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes among high-risk adults. Lifestyle interventions including diet and moderate to intense physical activity (such as walking for 150 minutes per week) were used in studies to produce small amounts of weight loss. The development of diabetes was reduced by 40% to 60% during these studies, which lasted three to six years. Preventing weight gain, increasing activity levels and working toward small amounts of weight loss if you are overweight can have a big impact on the likelihood that you will develop diabetes in the future. So far, weight management is the best thing you can do to prevent the development of diabetes.
My recommendations are usually the same for most people who are wanting to prevent living with Type 2 diabetes. Find an exercise modality that you enjoy. It’s easier to be committed to your plan if it feels less like work. I always recommend that you begin in the water. Aquafit, Aqua Zumba or any aquatics program we offer is your best way to begin.
To learn more about our programs and how you can implement a regimen that works well with your schedule contact me directly.