• Description of the disease
• Risk factors for the disease
• Lifestyle choices you can make in your life to decrease your modifiable risk factors for this disease
Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in America today. Approximately 225,000 people die each year of diabetes complications. There are basically two types of diabetes. Type 1 is known as the childhood diabetes, but not necessarily limited to children. Type 1 diabetes is the more serious of the 2 types. People with this type require daily injections of insulin. Type 1 diabetes can appear suddenly to an individual who appeared to be otherwise healthy. Type 2 diabetes is often referred to as the adult diabetes. It is a metabolic disorder, non insulin dependent. Type 2 develops slowly over time. Diabetes of either type can lead to other serious health problems. There is another type of diabetes known as type 3 that affects pregnant women. Even though found in pregnant women and can go away after birth, this type of diabetes can often lead to type 2 later in life. Each of these types of diabetes has one thing in common, that is high glucose levels in the blood.
The primary risk factors include lack of physical activity, excess body fat, low fiber diets, genetics, stress, family history and environmental exposure. A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a particular disease. You may be able to control some of the risk factors, but not all of them. Having one or more of the risk factors does not mean you will get the disease, and avoiding risk factors does not mean you will be healthy, but overall it will help. Some of the risk factors can be modified to help reduce the risk of diabetes; some of these include physical activity which makes the body more sensitive to insulin. Physically active people have a better chance of avoiding many diseases. Eating a diet high in fiber has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes...