Deprivation Nation: How Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Diabetes
Check Your Diabetes Risk
By Cary Barbor
Keep an eye on these factors that also contribute to the disease, says Todd Brown, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.Extra weight
Being overweight is the number-one risk factor for diabetes. Dropping 5 percent to 7 percent of your body weight can turn your future around.Belly fat
Break out the tape measure. If your waist is more than 32 inches, your chance of developing diabetes increases.Race
African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics are genetically predisposed to insulin resistance. South Asians are at higher risk too.Family history
Having an immediate family member with the disease ups your odds.Gestational diabetes
Developing this form of diabetes while pregnant increases the likelihood you'll wind up with type 2 after the baby is born.Prediabetes
This is when your blood glucose levels are high, just not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes -- yet. To stay healthy, everyone should be tested for high blood sugar after age 45 -- earlier if you have other known risk factors.Medications
Immunosuppressive drugs, steroids, and some depression treatments can cause your body to become insulin-resistant, increasing your chance of diabetes. Ask your doctor whether your regimen should make you extra vigilant.
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