November was named the Diabetes Month by ADA or the American Diabetes Association. There are two recognized forms of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Reports show that more than 95% of people who suffer from this condition have type 2 diabetes. This form of diabetes is mostly associated with unhealthy lifestyle habits and obesity.
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Possible Factors
Due to the rise in obesity rates in young children and adolescents, there are more and more young people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In the US, diabetes is the most expensive health care condition. More than $100 billion is spent on direct health costs every year, according to reports. As authorities intend to reduce these costs, they also consider that they need to raise awareness about this condition.
There is some good news too. This form of diabetes can be prevented. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 is preceded by prediabetes. According to reports, 1 in 3 people in the US has prediabetes. The problem is that most of them reportedly don’t realize they have this condition. This is why people need to know the signs, to try and treat prediabetes and stop the condition before it evolves into type 2 diabetes.
Only 25% of people with prediabetes develop the condition in less than three years. More than 50% of them will have more than ten years before this turns into diabetes. This means that people with prediabetes have 3 to 10 years to change their lifestyle choices. One of the first things that people with prediabetes need to do is lose weight. Even a 5% to 10% loss is enough to lower the risk of developing diabetes by more than 85%.
The CDC oversees a new program called Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). This is a weekly class that lasts for almost 16 weeks, and six monthly sessions then follow it. These courses are taught by coaches who help participants understand what they need to change to lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. These classes include what food products to buy and how to increase physical activity levels.
Doctors mentioned that it is also essential to respect annual health checks. Once people know they have prediabetes, they also have a higher chance to stop the condition from developing into type 2 diabetes. Frequent urination, hunger, extreme fatigue, cuts which heal slowly, and blurry vision are some of the signs of this condition.
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