The diabetes epidemic
Your blood sugar could reveal that you are part of an epidemic.
April 25, 2016 - Author: Pam Daniels, Michigan State University Extension
If you have not been tested for diabetes you are at a significant crossroads concerning your health. You may be diabetic or prediabetic and not even know it, so why not choose to get tested? Understanding the risk and learning how to prevent diabetes is imperative towards maintaining good health.
Keep in mind
- If you have never been tested for diabetes by your healthcare team, you might be diabetic.
- If you have no symptoms of diabetes and yet have not been tested by your healthcare team, you might be diabetic.
Why worry about Type 2 diabetes?
The Centers for Disease Control has been closely studying diabetes growth since the 1980’s. Since then, diabetes has nearly quadrupled from 5.5 million to 21.3 million. The CDC predicts that if the current epidemic is not controlled, diabetes could increase to as many as 1 in 3 people by the year 2050. Coincidentally, Michigan ranks higher than the national average for the incidence of diabetes among adults.
To combat most epidemics researchers and health care providers are often at the mercy of the public, the public has to help themselves and take action. This is definitely the case with type 2 diabetes.
What is driving the epidemic?
There are individual health behaviors that you can identify to lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Heredity, age and race all play a factor. Lifestyle behaviors, obesity and lack of physical activity are said to be driving the epidemic.
Diabetes testing for life
No matter how healthy you live or how well you avoid the associated risk factors of type 2 you still may develop this disease. Type 2, often referred to as ‘adult-onset’ diabetes can occur as we age. What’s most important is talking with your healthcare provider about your blood glucose levels, your personal risk of type 2 and prevention.