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My Father Has Diabetes Should I Be Screened For Prediabetes On A Regular Basis?

October 14, 2019


Hello, I am Ty Mason of thediabetescouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. I want to emphasize that my perspective is
coming from one with Type 2 and not Type 1. Our channel is primarily for those with Type
2 Diabetes and PreDiabetes. Today I want to answer the question My father
has diabetes. Should I be screened for prediabetes on a
regular basis? After you watch the video today, I invite
you check out the description box for my new ebook. This is one of the most comprehensive diabetes
meal planning book you can find. It contains diabetes friendly meals/recipes,
recipes for different goals such as 800-1800 calories per day meal plan, diabetes meal
planning tips and tricks. There are also tons of diabetes friendly recipes
for everyone! Diabetes is a complex condition. Several factors must come together for you
to develop type 2 diabetes. For example, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle
play a role. Genetics can also influence whether you’ll
get this disease. There really needs to be more research in
the field of prediabetes, but there seems to be a link. Especially given the fact that many with prediabetes
develop Type 2 within 10 years. This article is based on genetic links with
Type 2 simply because the research isn’t extensive on prediabetes. But I honestly feel the comparisons are closely
related and can be extrapolated. If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes,
there’s a good chance that you’re not the first person with diabetes in your family. According to the American Diabetes Association,
your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is: 1 in 7 if one of your parents was diagnosed
before the age of 50 1 in 13 if one of your parents was diagnosed
after the age of 50 1 in 2, or 50 percent, if both your parents
have diabetes Several gene mutations have been linked to
the development of type 2 diabetes. These gene mutations can interact with the
environment and each other to further increase your risk. GENETICS VS. ENVIRONMENT The role of genetics in type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Scientists have linked several gene mutations
to a higher diabetes risk. Not everyone who carries a mutation will get
diabetes. But many people with diabetes do have one
or more of these mutations. It can be difficult to separate genetic risk
from environmental risk. The latter is often influenced by your family
members. For example, parents with healthy eating habits
are likely to pass them on to the next generation. On the other hand, genetics plays a big part
in determining weight. Sometimes behaviors can’t take all the blame. GENES Identifying the genes responsible for type
2 diabetes Studies of twins suggest that type 2 diabetes
might be linked to genetics. These studies were complicated by the environmental
influences that also affect type 2 diabetes risk. To date, numerous mutations have been shown
to affect type 2 diabetes risk. The contribution of each gene is generally
small. However, each additional mutation you have
seems to increase your risk. In general, mutations in any gene involved
in controlling glucose levels can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. These include genes that control: production of glucose
production and regulation of insulin how glucose levels are sensed in the body
Genes associated with type 2 diabetes risk include:
TCF7L2, which affects insulin secretion and glucose production
ABCC8, which helps regulate insulin CAPN10, which is associated with type 2 diabetes
risk in Mexican-Americans GLUT2, which helps move glucose into the pancreas
GCGR, a glucagon hormone involved in glucose regulation
Genetic testing for type 2 diabetes Tests are available for some of the gene mutations
associated with type 2 diabetes. The increased risk for any given mutation
is small, however. Other factors are far more accurate predictors
of whether you’ll develop type 2 diabetes, including: body mass index
family history high blood pressure
high triglyceride and cholesterol levels history of gestational diabetes
being of certain ethnicity, such as Hispanic, African-American, or Asian-American
ADVERTISEMENT PREVENTION Tips for prevention
The interactions between genetics and the environment make it difficult to identify
a definite cause of type 2 diabetes. That doesn’t mean you can’t reduce your
risk through changing your habits. The Diabetes Prevention Program, a large study
of people at high risk for diabetes, suggests that weight loss and increased physical activity
can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Blood glucose levels returned to normal levels
in some cases. Other international studies have reported
similar results. Here are some things you can start doing today
to reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes: Start an exercise program
Slowly add physical activity into your daily routine. For example, take the stairs instead of the
elevator, or park further away from building entrances. You can also try going for a walk during lunch. Once you’re ready, you can start adding
light weight-training and other cardiovascular activities to your routine. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise each day. If you need ideas for how to get started,
check out this list of 14 cardio exercises to get you moving. Create a healthy meal plan
It can be hard to avoid extra carbohydrates and calories when you’re dining out. Cooking your own meals is the easiest way
to make healthy choices. Come up with a weekly meal plan that includes
dishes for every meal. Stock up on all the groceries you’ll need,
and do some of the prep work ahead of time. You can ease yourself into it, too. Start by planning your lunches for the week. Once you’re comfortable with that, you can
plan out additional meals. Learn more: 7-day type 2 diabetes meal plan
» Choose healthy snacks
Stock up on healthy snack options so you aren’t tempted to reach for a bag of chips or candy
bar. Here are some healthy, easy-to-eat snacks
you may want to try: carrot sticks and hummus
apples, clementines, and other fruits a handful of nuts, though be careful to keep
an eye on serving sizes air-popped popcorn, but skip adding lots of
salt or butter whole-grain crackers and cheese OUTLOOK Outlook
Knowing your risk for type 2 diabetes can help you make changes to prevent developing
the condition. Tell your doctor about your family history
with type 2 diabetes. They can decide if genetic testing is right
for you. They can also help you reduce your risk through
lifestyle changes. Your doctor may also want to regularly check
your glucose levels. That can help them detect any blood sugar
abnormalities or warning signs for type 2 diabetes earlier. Early treatment can have a positive impact
on your outlook. Don’t forget to get my new ebook and please,
subscribe to our channel for many more videos like this one in the future. Thanks for watching. I am Ty Mason.

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  • Reply Beat Your Diabetes October 7, 2017 at 1:38 am

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