16 Feb Health Made Simple: diabetes risk and metabolic health
Diabetes risk and Metabolic health
Today we are looking at diabetes risk and metabolic health. Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health concerns worldwide and on average, here in the UK someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 2 minutes.
Approximately 1 in 3 UK adults have pre-diabetes, meaning they are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, is highly preventable and the best way to prevent it is to identify the signs and risks as early as possible.
Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugars are slightly higher than normal, but not quite high enough to meet the criteria for diabetes. Essentially, pre-diabetes indicates an increased risk of diabetes and if ignored, is likely to progress to type 2 diabetes. Nonetheless, over 80% of all type 2 diabetes cases are considered ‘preventable’ – that is through lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes (low sugar diet), weight loss and exercise.
Fortunately, in prediabetes, there is still the chance to make improvements in order to reduce blood sugars. You can reverse prediabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes. The essential step here is to identify the risks of prediabetes and diabetes as early as possible.
Perfecting the art of prevention, at Randox Health, we use not only routine markers, such as HbA1c, glucose and insulin; but we also include exciting new markers. These are leptin and adiponectin. Measuring these markers can help us to identify the earliest possible signs of diabetes, sometimes even before prediabetes itself occurs.
Why prevent diabetes?
Insulin resistance is a key feature of type 2 diabetes. Whereby our body does not respond the way it should to the hormone insulin. This is what causes high blood sugar in prediabetes and diabetes.
By reducing your blood sugar levels, you are not only preventing type 2 diabetes, but you may be preventing many other health conditions.
Over time, high blood sugar as a result of untreated or poorly treated type 2 diabetes can cause damage to other parts of the body. Examples of this are the kidneys and heart. Don’t worry – we also have these areas covered in our comprehensive health programmes.
It is not surprising that unhealthy, convenience-driven, ‘on-the-go’ lifestyles have led to an obesity epidemic which in turn has driven the significant rise in metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Our programmes screen for metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is not a disease, but a collection of factors associated with a risk of type 2 diabetes and CVD.
It is a syndrome that many people are living with, but not very many people know about it.
The main risk factor associated with metabolic syndrome include central obesity(carrying too much weight around your waist) Other are high blood pressure, low HDL (good) cholesterol and high fasting glucose. In combination, such risk factors can double the risk of CVD and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to five times.
Fortunately, if type 2 diabetes or CVD has not yet occurred. Individuals with metabolic syndrome still have a chance to reverse it and prevent these conditions from occurring. The steps to take at this stage are simple: a healthier diet and more exercise.
Randox Health can determine your risk of diabetes and look at your Metabolic health. We provide you with detailed and tailored scientific advice on the simple steps to take, to live a healthier, longer and more enjoyable life.
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