We know that nobody wants to talk about Type 2 diabetes risk factors… But can you spare 1 minute to watch this adorable video of cute pets?
What are Type 2 diabetes risk factors?
- Over 45 years old
- Overweight or obese
- Inactive (don’t do much exercise)
- High blood pressure
- Family history of diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease history
- High-risk ethnic group (Asian, Indian, Coloured)
- Diabetes during pregnancy (or a baby over 4kg)
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
If you have a combination of these risk factors, you could have Type 2 diabetes. But it can often be reversed. Find out how to reverse Type 2 diabetes here.
A simple diabetes test
A diabetes screening takes less than 5 minutes, it’s painless, and you’ll get the results immediately. You can get your blood sugar checked at your local clinic or pharmacy, and find out if you’re at risk of Type 2 diabetes. If you are, don’t panic! It can be reversed. But not if you don’t know that you have it.
Living well with Type 2 diabetes
If you already have Type 2 diabetes, don’t panic. Even if you can’t reverse it, you can still live a long, happy, healthy life with Type 2 diabetes. It all comes down to managing it: here are some helpful suggestions.
How do you manage Type 2 diabetes?
The most important thing to remember is TEEL:
- Take your medication
- Eat healthy food
- Exercise, a little each day
- Lose weight, if you need to
Join our diabetes community
Remember that you’re not alone in this: there are literally millions of us living with diabetes each day. Join Diabetic South Africans on Facebook to connect with other people with diabetes, and get tips and suggestions on how to make life easier.
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