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Warning: You Could Be At Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Getting the word out about type 2 diabetesDiabetes is something other people get, right?

Um, no.

Not only is it becoming more common, around half the people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it.

Ignorance is definitely not bliss in this case!

If you don’t know you have diabetes, you can’t treat it.

If you don’t treat it, it won’t be well controlled.

If it’s not well controlled, complications develop.

The take home message is that we need to be aware of the risk factors and check with our doctor about when and how often we should be screened.

Take a couple of minutes to watch the video below for all the details.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes

  • Age
  • Being overweight
  • Not exercising regularly
  • Smoking
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Having had gestational diabetes or a large baby
  • Being from Polynesian, Asian, Indian, American Hispanic, American Indian or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander background

The reality is that you CAN be fit and healthy and have type 2 diabetes.  You just need to know about it.

I’d love for you to share this far and wide – it is such a vitally important message.  Shout it from the rooftops, tell your friends and family and share it by clicking on the share buttons below!

Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net & imagerymajestic

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3 Responses to Warning: You Could Be At Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

  1. Jules Taggart February 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Great post, Claire. I read recently that “sitting is the new smoking” and many people are developing diabetes because of prolonged sitting. Is there some truth to that?

    • Claire February 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      Great question Jules! There is some recent research that says that prolonged sitting can really take years off your life. I suspect that more will be revealed with further research. THe bottom line is that even if we are sedentary we need to take regular breaks and walk around and stretch etc even if we exercise regularly.

  2. Sandy Sidhu February 7, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Great insights, Claire! you are so natural on camera!
    As someone of Indian descent, this is something I am definitely paying attention too as well as paying attention to any family conditions. Curious as to Jules’ comments- any truth to that? In any case- I’m sure sitting for prolonged periods of time can’t be good for us!

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