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Being overweight (or carrying excess body weight) can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when your body cannot make enough insulin and cannot effectively use the insulin it makes. This is called insulin resistance, and it develops over months or even years.1,2
If you’ve just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you can expect to live an active and independent life if you correctly manage your disease. To do so, you will need to change the way you care for your health and plan carefully for specific activities and occasions.
Learning to balance your diet, physical activity and blood sugar levels and adapt to different circumstances will help you live life to the fullest and avoid serious health problems down the line. 3
People with type 2 diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to have a heart
attack or stroke compared to someone living without diabetes.10,11
Learn how you can reduce the risk.
The causes of type 2 diabetes are not fully understood. The chronic disease is commonly linked with being overweight as well as with family history and ethnicity. 3,6
Is type 2 diabetes genetic? Type 2 diabetes can be inherited and linked to your family history and genetics. However, environmental factors play a significant role too. A healthy diet and regular exercise will reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes – even if the disease runs in your family. 6
Type 2 diabetes develops gradually, so you may not even notice the symptoms until they become obvious. This is dangerous, as high blood sugar levels may already be damaging your body. 3
Are you at risk of developing diabetes, or do you have it already? Around 50% of people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have the disease and risk developing serious health complications.1
Knowing your risk and getting screened early are simple steps towards a longer, healthier life.
The correlation between diabetes and cardiovascular disease only heightens the need to be aware of risk factors and catch symptoms of diabetes early.
You might be wondering; how do you reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? 8
Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise. If these are not enough to control your blood sugar levels, or as the disease progresses over time, you may also need to take medication.
In summary, to live an active and independent life with type 2 diabetes, you may need to change the way you care for your health through diet and lifestyle changes.