But what really matters aren’t the big numbers. What matters is more personal. What matters is your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
I knew I was at risk before I was diagnosed. As a child I heard stories about my grandfather, who died from complications of diabetes before I was born. As a teen, I sat in my grandmother’s kitchen, watching her inject insulin when her blood glucose was high and ingest hard candy when it wasn’t. My older brother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 25, roughly the same age as our grandfather. Family history is a huge risk factor for type 2 diabetes—and diabetes was all over my family tree.
But it’s not the only risk factor that matters. Others include:
Having low HDL cholesterol (the good kind), high triglycerides or high blood pressure also ratchets up your risk.
And here’s the good news: If you know you’re at risk, you may be able to prevent the disease. Lifestyle tweaks like eating healthier, losing weight and becoming more active can be game changers when it comes to stopping diabetes. But you can’t change the game if you don’t know you’re in it.
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