Diabetes is a medical condition that can seriously affect how you live your life, and even if you find ways to manage it properly, it will still require a lifelong commitment to make sure that you stay healthy when you do have it.
It’s definitely easier if you can avoid it altogether, but how do you do that?
Diabetes in Women
Well, for women, here are some known causes of diabetes that you can avoid with some well-planned life changes so you won’t have to deal with diabetes so soon– or ever.
Sad to say, genetics can play a role in how susceptible you are to becoming a diabetic. If it runs in your family, then chances are, that means you could get it, too. It does not mean that you automatically will have diabetes in the future. It just means that you have to watch what you eat, and how active you are if you want to stay diabetes-free.
There is definitely a direct correlation between being overweight, and having diabetes. Even if you are only ten to twenty pounds overweight, your chances of having diabetes will skyrocket dramatically.
Some experts actually say that it’s not being obese itself that makes you susceptible to diabetes, but rather it’s the lifestyle and diet that you lead that makes diabetes a near-certainty for obese people.
A near-sedentary lifestyle means that much of what you eat will be stored in your body, sugars and all. Even worse, many obese people really do enjoy their food, and this can mean more sugar in your diet.
It’s a cascading series of bad news about your sugar intake and storage– all of which can trigger diabetes.
Diabetes in women is also tied to aging, particularly once they enter menopause. The hormonal changes can and will change how your body metabolizes glucose, and this can mean you could develop diabetes as a function of menopause.
It’s important, therefore, to institute lifestyle changes and to keep monitoring yourself for symptoms of diabetes once you do reach menopause.
Women who are pregnant sometimes experience what is called gestational diabetes– that is to say, they become diabetic while pregnant.
This is similar in terms of origin as getting diabetes during menopause, in that it is due to hormonal changes in the body at that point in time.
Thankfully, if you exercise and strive to get back into shape after pregnancy, you can lower the risks of gestational pregnancy converting itself into standard diabetes.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome are also prone to developing diabetes, again because of how the hormones in the body are affected by the medical condition itself.
How do I prevent diabetes?
For most people, sticking to a healthy diet and proper exercise is usually enough to prevent diabetes from developing.
You also have to consider if you are prone to the other causes that go beyond what exercise and diet can do for you.
At the very least, it’s a good idea to have regular checkups that can monitor if you are becoming prediabetic or if you already are diabetic.