Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 Diabetes
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Dr. John Fritz, the owner of a family practice in Jersey City, New Jersey, has treated patients with diabetes for a long time. In addition, Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City has lectured and taught on topics related to diabetes care at the local, regional, and national levels.

Type 2 diabetes develops when a patient’s body loses the ability either to produce sufficient insulin or to effectively use it to regulate blood glucose. Medical science has not yet identified the exact cause of this process, although research has revealed a few key risk factors. Excess weight, particularly around the waist, appears to be the most influential. However, it is possible to develop the condition at a normal weight.

Individuals over 40 and those from certain ethnic backgrounds also have a higher chance of developing diabetes, as do those with a sedentary lifestyle. Elements of a person’s medical history, including heart disease and high blood pressure, can increase risk, as can a family history of the condition. Prediabetes, or higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, marks a person at greater risk as well.

Patients with a higher risk of diabetes, regardless of reason, can often mitigate this risk by increasing the amount of exercise they get and by adopting a more healthy diet. Losing excess weight may also be a protective factor, although a physician is best qualified to determine the preventive measures each individual patient should take.