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Diabetes Discussion – Tip 5

American Indians and Alaska Natives are diagnosed with diabetes more often than any other ethnic group in the United States. One out of every six adults have it – and that’s double the general population’s rate. Why, you ask? Let’s dive into it.

While research suggests genetics plays a role in developing diabetes, lifestyle factors play a bigger one. Take control of your health by looking at your risks in the following categories:

It is important to be proactive when it comes to these. Read the tip below on how to do so.

Family history

Genetic factors also play a part in getting diabetes. The risk of diabetes increases if your parents or siblings have it.

If your family does have a history of diabetes, it may be difficult to figure out whether the diagnosis is due to genetics or lifestyle factors. Odds are, it’s a combination of the two.

Challenge yourself to eat the right foods and get your heart rate up every day. It is possible to delay or prevent diabetes altogether by using the recommendations shared in this article.

Find the strength within yourself to battle diabetes and inspire others to do the same.

It starts with you.

Stay tuned this whole week for more information on diabetes prevention! Find updates on www.uicsl.org.