Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Have you ever wonder how do you get type 2 diabetes? 

Well let me start by telling you that 3.4 million (which is 9.3% of the population) people in Canada have diabetes and by  2025 5 million (which will be 12.1%) will have diabetes. 

These statistics are from the Diabetes Canada:

What Are The Diabetes Type 2 Symptoms?

The symptoms of type two diabetes can come on very slowly and the sign are often dismissed as simply getting older.

The sooner that you can be diagnosed the better as damage can sometimes be done to the body diabetes before it is diagnosed.

With Type two diabetes being so common we all should know the risk factors and symptoms.

The common risk factors that most type 2 are the body size, being overweight especially carrying extra weight around your midsection has a high risk of type two diabetes.

Another risk factor is age, peoples of two diabetes goes up with age.

Having close family member such as a parent of sibling with type two diabetes will also increase your risk.

Ethnicity also play a role, if you're an Asian, Middle Eastern or African-Caribbean background you will have a higher risk.

Having high blood pressure is also closely associated with type  diabetes.


How Do You Know You Have Type 2 Diabetes?

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When it comes to Type two diabetes the symptoms can come on very gradually.

Do not think that if you have had these symptoms for a long time that it must be normal.

The way to confirm if you have type two diabetes may either to be diagnosed by a urine or blood test. 

If these two test does not confirm that you have diabetes, you may be asked to take an oral glucose tolerance test.

How Can You Control Type Two Diabetes?

There are a wide range of treatment options to control your type 2 diabetes.

Some people with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes you will be able to control your diabetes with a lifestyle change like exercise and eating right. Some people may be able to control it with medication. Others may need injections, such as insulin.

 When you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will need to change your lifestyle. 

  1. Cut down on smoking and drinking alcohol
  2. Be more physical activity - preferably each day. 
  3. Eat a healthy, balance diet, which means consume less carbohydrate that you use too.

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