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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

Lifestyle is a major player

(HealthDay News) - Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn't properly process the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. This form of diabetes is controlled with medication, proper diet and exercise, and maintaining a healthy body weight, and normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse lists common risk factors for type 2 diabetes:

  • Being overweight.
  • Being over age 45.
  • Having a family history of type 2 diabetes.
  • Giving birth to a large baby (more than 9 pounds).
  • Having high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • Having a history of heart disease.
  • Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle and getting little or no exercise.
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