Understanding diabetes goes far beyond understand the type of disorder you are dealing with. Many people do not understand what puts them at risk for getting diabetes. Others, they just do not ask. It is time that everyone understands that there are things you can do in your life to decrease the overall probability of getting diabetes. Diabetes management is contingent upon decreasing risk factors, patient compliance, and proper diagnosis of the disease.

There are two forms of diabetes; type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. Only a very small portion of the diabetic population (5%) is a type 1 diabetic. In this case the body does not produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes on the other hand is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetics can produce insulin but the body in unable to use it properly.

If you are worried about getting type 2, you’re in luck. You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by staying healthy, eating right, and exercising. Being overweight is one of the biggest risk factors for diabetes. Your physician will almost always tell you to get up and become more active if your weight reaches unhealthy levels. Also, if your cholesterol levels are elevated, this is also a risk factor. Other risk factors that you can manage include; smoking, high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and unhealthy eating habits.

There are other risk factors such as age, race, gender, and family history that cannot be changed. By staying healthy and active, these risk factors remain low. If you have questions, or are concerned about your diabetic risk factors, give your physician at Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale, AZ a call. They can help you manage your diabetes or your risk factors.