A: Great question as November is National
Diabetes Month. There are two types of risk categories for diabetes. One category we can’t modify and one we can.
The risk factors we can’t change include: family history, weight at birth, age, race, history of gestational diabetes and genetic pre-disposition. Even though we can’t do anything about this area it is important to know these and have that awareness. The risk factors that we can change can have a big impact on our health in more areas than just diabetes prevention. The modifiable risk factors for diabetes are: weight, lack of activity, blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels, some health conditions like PCOS and gestational diabetes, food intake, and other unhealthy lifestyle choices. Whether you are at risk or not, or whether you are unsure of your risk level , the most important thing to remember is that diabetes can be prevented. For more information visit diabetes.org , or come in for a customizable plan that works for you. Whatever you decide to do, get started doing something.