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Know What Can Put You at Risk for Diabetes
According to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. It is also called “adult onset” diabetes, since it typically develops after age 35. People with Type 2 diabetes are able to produce their own insulin, but often it’s not enough or their body can’t properly use the insulin it makes.
These are some of the factors that can put you at risk for Type 2 diabetes:
Prediabetes, a milder form of impaired glucose tolerance, can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. If you have it, there is a strong chance you will get Type 2 diabetes. It is very important to find out early if you have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, as early treatment can prevent some serious health problems.
In the United Sates, nearly 10 percent of the population has diabetes, and one out of 3 adults has prediabetes. But, the good news is that Type 2 diabetes is highly preventable. About 9 cases in 10 could be avoided by taking several simple steps: keep your weight under control, exercise more, eat a healthy diet and don’t smoke.