01 July 2009

WHO GETS DIABETES?

Anyone can get diabetes but the following factors put you at higher risk of developing it:

* Increasing age
In Singapore, Type 2 diabetes commonly affects those over 40 years old.
* Lack of exercise and being overweight
Tye 2 diabetes is more common in people who do not exercise regularly and who are overweight.
* Family history of diabetes
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have a genetic link. Your risk increases if your parent or sibling suffers from diabetes.
* Prior history of gestational diabetes
* Delivering a baby over 4 kg ( 9 lbs )
* Impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting blood glcose level
Refer to a pre-diabetes state where levels of blood glucose concentration are above the normal range but below those that are diagnostic for diabetes.
* If you are suffering from the following diseases :
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal blood cholesterol/lipid levels
- Coronary heart disease
* Ethnic group

For unknown reasons, type 2 diabetes is more common in Indians and Malays.


Hope useful
Source:Health Promotion Board ( Singapore )

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