Are you at risk for Type II Diabetes?

Type II diabetes occurs when cells are unable to efficiently transport insulin, produced by the pancreas, across its membrane. This is known as insulin resistance. The body is then unable to process glucose correctly, a sugar that inside the cells provide the energy required to run your cellular and bodily processes. Diabetes, is the result of too much glucose in your blood stream and not enough in your cells.

The problem with Type II diabetes is that it can go undiagnosed for years, until the blood sugar levels rise to abnormal or you experience the following symptoms:
  • blurred vision
  • decreased sensation or numbness in hands and feet
  • dry, itchy skin
  • frequent need to urinate
  • frequent vaginal and bladder infections
  • fatigue
  • increased thirst and hunger
  • male impotence (erectile dysfunction)
  • slow healing of cuts or sores.

ARE YOU AT RISK?
  1. A family history of diabetes doubles your risk. Be proactive. Following a healthy diet and an excercise regimen may be all that is required to help control glucose levels.
  2. Not exercising. If you exercise at least 5 times per week, you help reduce your risk.
  3. Being overweight. Most people with diabetes are overweight. Losing weight can help to lower blood glucose levels.
  4. Refined sugars. Overeating refined sugars found in sugary drinks increase your risk.
  5. Waist size greater than 35 inches. People who carry more weight around their waist, are at a higher risk, because this is a more dangerous type of fat that those found around your hips and legs.

Taking your health in your hands, and being an active player and participant is the only way to live a healthy life.

Myra Aso

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