Who Can Get Diabetes?
Yes, really, who is at risk to develop this diabetes disease? Here what they say. American Diabetes Association says that risk factors for developing type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are different. For both types having a family history of diabetes makes risk higher for developing diabetes than for individual without such history. Type 1 diabetes is more common among whites than among members of other racial groups. In contrast, members of American Indian, African American, and Hispanic ethnic groups are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Perhaps the genetic make-up of nonwhites predisposes them to the obesity and diabetes that tend to result from a sedentary American lifestyle. Again and again we come back to a lifestyle. Can you see that? We are created to move around and not to sit a whole day on the very comfortable couch or the chair staring at big screen TV’s. Lots of movements means less chance for diabetes!
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A major difference in the characteristics of individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus is the age of onset. As a rule, type 1 diabetes develops in individuals under the age of 40. Half of all people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are under the age of 20. As an opposite, majority of people, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are oyer the age of 30, although type 2 diabetes is on the rise in teenagers. The risk for type, 2 diabetes increases with age. Half of all new cases of type 2 diabetes are in people age 55 and older. Gosh! I am over 30 and live in America. I am at risk because of obesity. Alarm! No pastry today, thank you.
As I thought type 2 diabetes is more common in overweight and obese couch potatoes. But body weight does not seem to be a concern for type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is often found in women with a history of giving birth to babies weighing more than 9 pounds and in women who were previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Very high concentration of fats in the blood and high blood pressure are more common in people with type 2 diabetes, both women and men.
Remember, you can’t get either type of diabetes from something you ate, contact with someone who already has diabetes, or from stress. Diabetes disease is not, I repeat, is NOT contagious. All “talks” about diabetes being contagious is just that, talks. Don’t pay attention because you know better!
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