9 Surprising Diabetes Risks
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- 1. Watching two hours or more of TV daily
- 2. Drinking one soda a day
- 3. Skipping breakfast
- 4. A bout of major depression
- 5. A large waist -- even if you're at a normal weight
- 6. Waking up in the middle of the night
- 7. Eating fast food more than twice a week
- 8. High stress
- 9. Consuming lots of processed meat (like hot dogs and bacon)
9. Consuming lots of processed meat (like hot dogs and bacon)
Raises your risk: 43 percent
How: These meats are loaded with preservatives that may destroy insulin-producing cells in your pancreas, say Harvard Medical School researchers. When insulin is in short supply, blood sugar rises -- the hallmark of diabetes.
The fix: Cut back: a Harvard study found that women who had these meats less often than once a week had the lowest risk. Eating preservative-free varieties may help too. Brands we've found include Maverick Ranch and Applegate Farms.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2007.
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