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Risk Factors for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes types are categorized into two main branches – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. However, there is another branch of diabetes too – prediabetes. Each category has unique symptoms, prevention, and diagnosis. 

Before delving into the types and the risk facts, let’s answer some of the most fundamental questions…

What is “diabetes”? 

Is diabetes a disease? 

Well, let us tell you that diabetes is taken as a health condition and not a disease. Why? Reason being, it lasts long and has a deep impact on the body. The effect is directly linked to food that we eat turning into body fuel – energy. You can understand it by knowing food after consuming is broken into thousand small particles. Then it takes the shape of glucose, body sugar. When the body produces a good amount of sugar and flows in the blood vessels, it has to be in proportion. What does it mean? It means, if production is high and there is more sugar flow than required, the pancreas starts releasing insulin. This is used as fuel in the body. 

Next question which we mostly are asked is… 

Can diabetes be cured? 

Remember, diabetes takes place when the body fails to produce enough insulin or becomes incapable to use it. As far as diabetes cure of diabetes is concerned, well, there is no permanent solution to diabetes. You can always take care by taking certain measures to feel better. 

What is “prediabetes”? 

If you have some or all of these symptoms, the risk of prediabetes increases. 

  • Overweight 
  • Aren’t active physically 
  • Parents or siblings have type 2 diabetes 
  • African Americans, American Indians, Latino Americans, Alaska Natives are in the higher risk zone 
  • 45+ years 
  • Had diabetes while being pregnant
  • Gave birth to baby more than 9 pounds 

Diabetes causes are studied by the diabetes doctor. They are the ones who make the verdict, put on the medication, gives a brief about diabetes breakfast, and everything else in detail. Besides that, a diabetes diet plan works out in lowering the risk of diabetes. 

Reversing a lifestyle from an unhealthy to a healthy one is another way out of living better as a diabetic patient. What you can do in this regard? Easy! Increase physical activities, follow rigorous gym sessions, eat and drink healthily. 

What is “type 2 diabetes”?

Type 2 diabetes is riskier when you have one or more than one of the symptoms mentioned in prediabetes. The only difference is based on the fact that you already are prediabetic. One of the other diabetes symptoms is the fatty liver (non-alcoholic). 

Diabetes prevention for type 2 – is diabetes curable?

Curable as in disappear without any warning or anything?! NO. It won’t. But yes, it may taper down as in getting better if you change the lifestyle. 

Diabetes symptoms in women are a tad different. Ask us how?! There is something called “gestational diabetes” which is typically found in women. It occurs suddenly. Risk factors associated with gestational diabetes include; 

  • Diabetes during pregnancy
  • Giving birth to a baby more than 9 lbs. 
  • Diabetes runs in parents or siblings 
  • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is another trigger 
  • Overweight 
  • 25 or more than 25 years old

Gestational diabetes slowly goes away in most cases. Unfortunately, it usually triggers type 2 diabetes. Therefore, it is a must to prevent gestational diabetes by eating healthy and staying away from obesity.