Do You Know the Risk Factors of Type II Diabetes?Lisanne Wellness Center
If you didn’t inherit diabetes at birth (Type 1 Diabetes), and you’ve made it this far without having to worry about the consequences and realities of dealing with type II diabetes, it can be tempting to ignore it and imagine that you’ll never have to worry about it. But just because you haven’t been diagnosed with type II diabetes or elevated A1C (blood sugar) levels doesn’t mean you’re home free.
Most people are diagnosed with the disease between the ages of 45 and 64, and younger people could be diagnosed with prediabetes (elevated A1C levels) much earlier. That’s why it’s so important to know your risks and take action now to prevent a future filled with insulin shots and counting carbohydrates.
Risk factors of Type 2 Diabetes:
Being overweight: Being overweight or obese is the single greatest predictor of type II diabetes. When you’re overweight, your body has a more difficult time using insulin to control blood sugar levels. This can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. More than 90% of people who have type II diabetes are overweight.
Lack of sleep: When you consistently get too little sleep, your hormone levels get thrown out of balance. Upon waking up after too little sleep, your body is flooded with cortisol, the stress hormone. Additionally, after eating, your body releases less insulin than it would if you were getting adequate sleep. Together, these two factors make it difficult for your body to properly use insulin, which causes insulin resistance.
Gestational Diabetes: If you have a history of gestational diabetes, or if you have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds, you’re at an elevated risk of developing type II diabetes.
Nutritional deficiencies: Certain vitamin deficiencies, like deficiencies in Vitamin B6, Iron, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B12 can lead to higher A1C levels, and eventually diabetes. Also, according to The Journal of Nutrition, Americans are not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids from their foods, which can help decrease and prevent insulin resistance (which leads to diabetes).
Environmental toxins: The World Health Organization has stated that heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead, can cause insulin resistance at the cellular level and significantly increase the risk of type II diabetes. Toxins most commonly associated with type II diabetes include phthalates, bisphenol A, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Symptoms of Type II Diabetes:
Extreme Hunger: When you develop type II diabetes, you become insulin resistant. In other words, your body can no longer properly use the sugar in your cells, so you feel famished and exhausted most of the time.
Increased thirst and frequent urination: If you have too much sugar built up in your cells, you’ll start losing water in your tissue, causing excessive thirst and urination.
Blurred Vision: When blood sugar builds up in your body, it can pull fluid from the lenses of your eyes, making it difficult to see or focus.
What can you do to minimize your risk:
Reset Your Diet: Clean up your diet right away. You can detox with a variety of supplements to help flush out toxins and excess sugars, or you can simply cut out all processed foods, carbohydrates, and sugar/alcohol, and drastically up your intake of fruits and vegetables. A good way to do the latter is with Power Greens Berry, a combination of phytonutrients loaded with plant extracts that makes it simple to boost your veggie intake.
If you believe you may be at an elevated risk of developing type II diabetes, it’s important to talk to your doctor, who can perform blood tests and develop a plan to minimize your ongoing risk. Contact Lisanne Wellness Center today at 713-461-WELL (9355) to schedule an appointment.