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Cases of Diabetes Growing

Timeless Fitness Tip

Cases of diabetes are growing at an alarming rate in both adults and children.

Know the warning signs! If you think there is even the slightest threat to you or your children, please see your doctor and tell him/her of your concerns.

Warning Sign - Cases of Diabetes Growing

You are at risk for diabetes if you have any of the following symptoms.

  • Are overweight (have a body mass index of 25 or more).
  • Carry fat around your waist and belly.
  • Exercise infrequently or not at all.
  • Are age 45 or older (risk rises yet again after age 65).
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
  • If you are a woman and had diabetes while pregnant, or if you gave birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more.
  • Are African-American, Latino, Asian-American or Native American.
  • Have low HDL cholesterol (less than 35)
  • Have high triglycerides (greater than 250)
  • Have high blood pressure (140/90 or above)

Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin sensitivity refers to the responsiveness of your muscles to insulin. Insulin carries the sugar into the muscles for energy and glycogen storage. It also carries the amino acids into the muscles for growth and repair.

When you have poor insulin sensitivity, it is like insulin is standing outside with protein and carbs, knocking on the muscle cell's door. But the muscle cell won't let the insulin bring the carbs or proteins inside. So blood sugar continues to build up, and you release even more insulin to try to get the nutrients into the cells. Not only are the high insulin levels disastrous to your fat loss efforts, severe insulin sensitivity is essentially an early stage of diabetes.

See also: Diabetes: Assess Your Risk

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