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Are you at risk for diabetes?

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Diabetes exists in three forms: Type 1, or insulin dependant, Type 2, or non-insulin dependant and gestational.

The rate of Type 2 diabetes has more than tripled in the last 30 years, with much of the increase attributed to the growing rate of obesity. In addition, certain populations have a higher risk of diabetes, especially African-Americans and Hispanics.

Other characteristics that can put you at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes include:

* A relative with diabetes

* A body mass index greater than 25

* An elevated triglyceride or low HDL cholesterol level

* Gestational diabetes or delivering a baby weighing more than nine pounds.

If you think you might be at risk for Type 2 diabetes, check with your physician and dietetics professional to help develop an eating and physical activity plan that is right for you.

This tip was provided by Kelley Steen, clinical dietitian at Central Peninsula Hospital, courtesy of the American Dietetic Association's public relations team.

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