According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes and 1 out of 4 of them don't know they have it. That's why November is important. It's National Diabetes Month.
Amy Ritsema with OnSite Wellness in Grand Rapids joined the weekend morning news show to discuss the different types of diabetes, risk factors and what can be done to prevent Type II diabetes.
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant, which can put the pregnancy and baby at risk and lead to type 2 diabetes later).
According to Ritsema, Metabolic Syndrome is a group of five risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing Type II Diabetes, as well as heart disease and stroke. The five risk factors are:
1. Increased blood pressure (greater than 130/85 mmHg)
2. High blood sugar levels (insulin resistance)
3. Excess fat around the waist
4. High triglyceride levels
5. Low levels of good cholesterol, or HDL
To learn more about the different types of Diabetes, visit the CDC website.
You can also learn more about OnSite Wellness on their website.
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