Diabetes Risk Profile
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world. Currently, 1 out of every 9 adults has diabetes. Certain precautions and a change in lifestyle can prevent this serious health problem.
Diabetes Risks Factors
Age The risk for type 2 diabetes increases with age, especially after 45.
Race/Ethnic Background Indians/Asians are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Health History Health history factors linked to an increased risk of diabetes:
  • Family history of diabetes (parent,brother or sister).
  • History of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby more than 9 pounds or 4.08 kgs.
  • Personal history of high blood pressure (140/90 or higher).
  • Low HDL Cholesterol (<40 mg/dl) or High Triglycerides (150+ mg/dl).
  • Personal history of cardiovascular disease.
Weight/Waist circumference Excess body fat is a major risk factor for diabetes. A BMI less than 23 is recommended. If your weight is in the overweight range (BMI 23-25), it indicates an increased risk for diabetes. A BMI of 23+ or a waist circumference of 32+ inches for women or 34+ inches for men indicates high risk.
Smoking status Smoking increases risk of diabetes and many other problems. Consider stopping. It can greatly improve your health.
Activity Level A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk for diabetes. You indicate you have no regular exercise program. Aim for 30-60+ minutes daily.
Dietary Habits
  • New research shows that people who eat more fruits and vegetables daily have a lower risk of diabetes. Aim for 7-9+ servings daily.
  • Eating more whole grain breads and cereals reduces your risk for diabetes. Aim for at least 3 servings daily (e.g. brown rice, oatmeal, and whole-wheat bread and pasta).
  • One should also avoid deep fried foods, sweets and sweetened drinks like aerated water, sharbats, etc.
 

 

 



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