Listen, Men. While the exact causes of diabetes are difficult to pinpoint, we do know that:
Those who have close relatives with type 2 diabetes are much more likely to develop it themselves.
Eighty percent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
If you are about to turn 45, your chances of becoming diabetic will increase and will increase again at age 60.
Those who have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol are also at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is racially blind; however, Hispanic, African American, and Native Americans statistically develop type 2 diabetes at higher rates than non-Hispanic whites.
Diabetes rates are 60 percent higher among African Americans, while Native Americans living in the US, have the highest rates of diabetes of any group in the world. The introduction of highly processed foods, foods fried in vegetable or canola oils, and the addition of sugar and/or corn syrup to our food since the 1950's has caused these numbers to rise exponentially.
If you are 45 years or older, it is recommended that you get tested for diabetes every three years. However, anyone who can check off more than one or more of the following risk factors below should be tested EVERY YEAR!