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Diabetes expected to double

Diabetes expected to double

It’s predicted that over the next ten years the number of people with diabetes
will double. There are two main aims when considering the prevention of
diabetes:

• to try and help people avoid developing diabetes at all; and

• if someone does develop diabetes, to help them avoid the possible
complications of the condition. In order to prevent diabetes it’s necessary to
know who is at risk, and which factors can trigger the condition.

At present the best way to prevent diabetes is to have a healthy lifestyle.
Meanwhile, doctors continue researching to find more effective prevention
methods and ways to make life easier for diabetic patients.

Who is at risk of diabetes?

Those people with a family history of Type 1 diabetes are at an increased risk
of developing the condition. Some things that put a person at greater risk of
developing Type 2 diabetes cannot be avoided. These are: · having someone else
in the family with diabetes;

· getting older;

· being of Asian or Afro- Caribbean origin; or

· being a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 4kg (8lb 8oz).

Some things that put a person at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can
be avoided. These are:

· being overweight

· inactivity.

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