Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

November 9, 2010 by In The News  
Filed under Internet Marketing Orlando

Diabetes is becoming more common every day. Think of the people in your family and your social circle. Odds are at least one of them has diabetes. Even if they don’t have it themselves, they will most likely know or be related to someone who does. In the western world, and beyond it really, it is becoming incredibly common. Diabetes is broken down int two types, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetics are dependent on insulin. At any point, you can develop type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetics are not insulin dependent; this type is generally called adult onset diabetes. Let’s discuss some of the major causes of this condition.

Even though type 1 is not considered hereditary, if someone in your family has it, you may have a genetic predisposition for the condition. This means that even if your father has type 1 diabetes, you will not automatically develop it yourself. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen because it does just not very often. To get ideas to avoid this condition, let your doctor know if any family members have Type 1 diabetes. You can’t control your genetics but you can control your overall health.

As surprising as it may sound, Type 1 diabetes can also be triggered by certain environmental factors. One example of an environmental cause is contracting a viral infection; this can lead to Type 1 diabetes. A viral infection, however, does not mean that you will develop diabetes. If you have the disease, however, and were not born with it, it is possible that you could have contracted it as a side effect/leftover variant of an unavoidable viral infection. It can be unnerving to realize that viral infections can lead to diabetes because they are rather common. So, see your doctor when ever you do not feel well. A simple condition can develop into something serious without notice.

Your chances of developing Type 1 diabetes are also affected by your ethnicity. Northern European descendants are at a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes. It hits people of Finnish and Sardinian descent the most. African Americans and Hispanic Americans are the next most likely to develop diabetes. Those of Asian descent have shown incredibly low risk of developing diabetes. But there is no way to control your ethnicity. Changing your ethnicity is not possible so there is no way to negate that risk factor.

Diabetes is becoming more popular every day. Almost every one knows someone who is affected by diabetes even though scientists say that only a small portion of the population is affected. Talk to your doctor regarding any concerns you about your risk for developing diabetes. Your doctor will help you any diabetes causes that might currently be affecting your life and help you figure out the best way to deal with those causes. While not all cases of diabetes can be avoided, doing what you can to minimize your risks will also help you in dealing with the condition itself.

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