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Are you at high risk of developing diabetes? Here's how to know…

by , 04 September 2013

Diabetes is a big problem in South Africa. With 3.5 million South Africans (about 6% of the population) currently suffering from diabetes and another 5 million diagnosed as pre-diabetic, it's important to know if you're at risk. And you could be - especially if you have any of these personal risk factors…

“There’s no such thing as 'mild' diabetes’. Diabetes is always serious,” writes Diabetes South Africa.

If you don’t seek treatment for it or don’t manage it properly, you could suffer from a variety of health complications including: Heart disease, blindness, amputation, kidney disease and erectile dysfunction.

And here’s the thing, even if you keep your blood sugar under control, eat well and stay fit, you could still be at risk. Especially if you have one or more of the following personal risk factors:

How many of these personal diabetes risk factors do you tick?

Diabetes risk factor #1: Genetics
If diabetes runs in your family, you need to be extra cautious. The risk is even higher if type II diabetes occurs on both sides of your family.

Diabetes risk factor #2: You have skin tags
A skin tag is a small tag of skin that may have a peduncle (stalk) and looks like a small piece of soft, hanging skin, explains medicalnewstoday.com. They’re caused by caused bunches of collagen and blood vessels that are trapped inside thicker bits of skin.

Studies show that a high number of skin tags on your body can point to an existing diabetic condition in 80% of cases.

Diabetes risk factor #3: You’ve always battled to lose weight
Insulin is often the reason why people– especially women – battle to lose weight no matter how much dieting they do.

Diabetes risk factor #4: You suffer from high blood pressure
High blood pressure can be attributed to excess insulin that causes the kidneys to retain more sodium and the adrenals to secrete too much adrenaline, explains 7 Ways to Defeat Diabetes Without A Single Drug.

If you tick one or more of these boxes, you’ll love what you’ll discover next…

A surprising secret that could keep diabetes at bay…

Start your day with a morning cup of coffee.

According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, a cup of joe a day could beat back diabetes risk by almost 7%. It’s all thanks to the polyphenols inside it. These molecule carry anti-oxidant properties widely believed to help prevent inflammatory illnesses like diabetes, explains diabetes.co.uk.

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