The most common symptoms experienced by people with diabetes are excessive thirst, hunger, and urination. But you might be surprised to know that these are not the earliest warning signs that you are headed in that direction. Instead, let’s consider these highly accurate indicators that you may be headed for trouble:
- Family history is the strongest indicator that you may be headed in the direction of becoming diabetic yourself. While you cannot change your genes, you can change the likelihood of these genes expressing themselves. If either of your parents have diabetes, it’s even more important that you heed the call to change the other warning signs listed here.
- You are overweight. If you have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 25 or more, you are likely headed for trouble. You can go online and use a BMI calculator to find out what your BMI is, as well as what you need to weigh in order to get it under 25.
- Your waist circumference is 35 or more for a woman, or 40 or more for a man. In order to properly measure your waist for medical purposes, place the measuring tape right over your hipbones and your navel, making sure it is even and not too tight. Waist circumference is an indicator of fat deposits in the abdomen. Those who are apple-shaped have more fat deposits in their abdomen than in their thighs and buttocks; this is a known contributor to the development of type 2 diabetes.
- You are of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent. These populations are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than their Caucasian counterparts.
- Your fasting blood sugar is 100 mg/dl or greater (Impaired Fasting Glucose), and/or your blood sugar two hours after you eat is greater than 140 mg/dl (Impaired Glucose Tolerance). These indicators tell us that you have insulin resistance, which is the core defect in type 2 diabetes. And just because your blood sugar isn’t yet high enough to diagnose you with type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance is still very dangerous, putting you at a 53% greater chance of having a heart attack.
The best way to beat type 2 diabetes is to prevent it entirely. To learn more about how to prevent type 2 diabetes, check out the hour-long video presentation I recorded for you on this topic. I am offering it right now at a HUGE discount so anyone can afford it. This information is too important not to make it available for all!
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