Run off your risk. Are insulin injections in your future? In a new German study, people with a family history of diabetes had a 26 percent increased r...
Are insulin injections in your future? In a new German study, people with a family history of diabetes had a 26 percent increased risk of high blood sugar levels, which can set the stage for developing the full-blown disease down the road.
“Prediabetes is dangerous because the risk for suffering a heart attack is already as high as those with type 2 diabetes,” says study author Andreas Fritsche, M.D.
Before you look at your trim waist and think “not this guy,” get this: When researchers adjusted for body mass index, the association between a family history of diabetes and prediabetes risk remained true only for folks who weren’t lugging around lots of extra weight. This means that shared lifestyle factors such as physical inactivity and a crummy diet may have a stronger effect than your DNA, Dr. Fritsche says.
The good news is that’s stuff you can actually control. In addition to exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet, you can significantly stave off your risk of diabetes (family history or not) by spending less time planted in your chair. A recent British study found that how much time you spend sitting has a stronger impact on your diabetes risk than how much vigorous exercise you get. Set a timer to remind yourself to get up and walk or stand for 5 minutes twice every hour.
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