Let’s face it. If we are overweight, if we have high blood pressure, and if we eat garbage most of the time (instead of healthful, plant-based foods), then we are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
This seems like common sense, doesn’t it? At this site, we’ve been talking about how type 2 diabetes is largely a “lifestyle disease” – that is, an illness brought on through choices we make when it comes to our lifestyles.
And if you think about it, it’s not just diabetes that we’re talking about. It’s also about heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, etc., etc….
So, even though you probably already know this, here are some risk factors:
- Family History – if you have a parent, brother, sister, or other close relative with diabetes, then this is a risk factor.
- People with certain ethnic backgrounds tend to be more at risk (for example, African-Americans, Latino or Hispanic Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Asian Americans)
- If you are female, and if you ever had gestational diabetes during a pregnancy, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Are you over the age of 45? If so, some doctors believe that you should be screened for diabetes since age appears to be a risk factor.
- Are you overweight? Bingo! There’s a risk factor right there.
- Do you exercise? If so, do you exercise more than 3 times per week? If not, or if you are a “couch potato” then you are definitely at a higher risk of developing this condition.
- Blood pressure over 140/90 appears to be a risk factor.
Whether you think you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes or not, there are things we, as a society, really need to start looking at. We need to start eating less animal-based diets, and more plant-based diets.
Every alternative and holistic professional seems to be in agreement with this. Some alternative doctors are a little more radical, and advocate going completely vegetarian or vegan, whereas others seem to be a little more moderate in their approach. That is, some will say to eat free-range lean meats, and wild-caught cold water fish (such as salmon) in moderation.
Obviously, you need to determine what is right for you. But let me say this: it’s obvious that more veggies and plant-based proteins are going to be overall more healthy for us than a daily ribeye on the grill. Here at this website, we’ve been finding and posting numerous resources on this topic, so please look around!
If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, I hope you find something that inspires you to make healthy changes in your lifestyle. I know that since I’ve begun reading a lot of these resources myself, that I am already making changes – and beginning to feel better!
By the way, if you’re a visual type, check out this video!