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World Diabetes Day – Who are most at risk?

November 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Most at risk

Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor. Around 80 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Other risk factors include:

  • Having a large waist
  • Being of Black or South Asian origin
  • Having a family history of the condition
  • Being over the age of 40, or over 25 if you’re Black or of South Asian descent

At risk waist measurements are 37 inches or more for men, except those of South Asian origin who are at risk at 35 inches or more, and 31.5 inches or more for all women.

Diabetes warning signs

  • Increased thirst
  • Having to pee all the time, especially at night
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Blurred vision
  • Genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
  • Wounds which are slow to heal

Diabetes undiagnosed

Experiencing some of the above symptoms doesn’t always mean we are a candidate for Diabetes but its always worth monitoring how long your symptoms last then the next step would be to get a test done at your local pharmacy or doctors surgery.  The earlier you seek advice the more easily your diabetes can be reversed or managed if type 2.

 

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