A risk factor is something that makes you more likely to develop a health condition. You can control many of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes, and when you do, you can often prevent the disease from developing. The controllable risk factors include:
There are a few risk factors for type 2 diabetes you can’t change or control, such as age, ethnicity, and a family history of the disease. But even if you match all of these factors, you can still prevent or delay diabetes by following a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a normal weight, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body can’t produce or respond to the hormone insulin. Without insulin, levels of blood sugar stay higher than normal, which can lead to serious complications such as:
Women can also develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. If it goes untreated and blood sugar stays elevated, it can cause the baby to grow too big or have very low blood sugar after birth.
The thing to remember about diabetes complications is that they’re similar to type 2 diabetes because they develop gradually over time. As a result, you have time to prevent them if you take steps to keep blood sugar under control.
Dr. Willis considers the whole person, which includes your lifestyle habits and overall health, then creates a plan that fits each person’s individual needs. Some people with type 2 diabetes may need medications to control blood sugar. If that’s the case, Dr. Willis will get you started on the right medication to fit your health needs. However, a balanced diet, proper nutrition, and maintaining a healthy weight are essential for everyone who needs to prevent or treat diabetes.
Following a diet that eliminates processed carbs, desserts, and sweetened beverages is the key to maintaining normal blood sugar. You only need to lose 5-7% of your starting weight to prevent or delay diabetes. That works out to losing 10-14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds.
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