Who Is At Risk for Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month across the U.S. Are you at risk?

With Americans’ lifestyles becoming less and less active and serving portions getting larger and larger, diabetes is on the rise across the country. In fact, a recent report from the Center for Disease Control revealed that nearly half of adults are expected to develop the disease at some point during their life, and many may not even realize they already have it. So what exactly is type 2 diabetes and what are the risk factors?

The Center for Disease Control’s list of risk factors for developing pre- or type 2 diabetes includes the following:

  • 45 years of age or older.
  • Overweight.
  • Have a parent with diabetes.
  • Have a sister or brother with diabetes.
  • Have a family background that is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander.
  • Had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), or gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
  • Physically active less than three times a week.

The American Diabetes Association has detailed the common symptoms you should be on the lookout for if you’re considered at risk for the disease.

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, the holiday season can be especially trying when it comes to maintaining proper glucose levels. Festive tables and plenty of rich, sugary foods can be difficult to resist. Here are a few of the tips the Center for Disease Control has put together to help Manage Your Diabetes During the Holidays.

  • Eat a healthy snack early to avoid overeating at the party.
  • Choose low-calorie drinks such as sparkling water, unsweetened tea or diet beverages.
  • If you're at a buffet, fix your plate and move to another room away from the food, if possible.

Exercise and a healthy, balanced diet can go a long way toward delaying or even preventing diabetes. Smart choices and moderation now will help ensure your presence at plenty of holiday parties into the future.

If you or someone you know is at risk for diabetes, or is exhibiting the symptoms listed above, visit an AppleCare Immediate Care Clinic for a check-up and more information.