What puts someone at risk of diabetes?

Dear Daughters,

Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes.

People are at risk if they:

  • Are overweight
  • Do not get enough physical activity
  • Have a parent, sibling or other close relative who has Type 2 diabetes
  • Have a history of cardiovascular disease
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are American Indian, Alaska Native, African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian-American or Pacific Islander
  • Have had gestational diabetes or gave birth to at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

Research shows that weight loss through moderate diet changes and physical activity can help delay and prevent Type 2 diabetes. Being physically active may help control weight, build lean muscle and reduce body fat.

Many people do not find out they have the disease until they have diabetes complications, such as blurry vision or heart trouble. Early detection helps people get treatment to prevent damage to their body.

Symptoms can also be so mild that you might not even notice them. Some people have symptoms but do not suspect diabetes.

Symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Increased urination, especially at night
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Sores that do not heal.


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