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According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. The condition is so widespread that it stands as the 7th leading cause of death in the country. Diabetes can affect both the older and younger generations.

Understanding type 2 diabetes can help lessen your risk of the disorder. Continue reading to learn about type 2 diabetes, including symptoms as well as prevention.

What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be caused by several factors, but the two main factors include genetics and lifestyle. This metabolic condition causes the body to become resistant to insulin.

Those at most risk for the condition include those with:

  • High blood triglyceride levels
  • High blood pressure
  • High-fat and high-carbohydrate diets
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Gestational diabetes

Certain ethnicities are also at a higher risk, including Asian, Hispanic, African, and Native Americans. Adults 45 and older are at a higher risk of the disorder. Adults 65 or older have an even larger risk of the condition.

How Is Type 2 Diabetes Treated?

Metabolic disorder treatment, including treatment for type 2 diabetes, requires the use of medication. Treating type 2 diabetes often involves lifestyle changes as well as diabetes medications, including insulin therapy.

To lessen symptoms and to manage the condition, certain lifestyle changes must be made. This includes eating healthier and routine physical activity. Some patients have to monitor their blood sugar levels. Monitoring combined with insulin therapy keeps complications at bay.

Is It Preventable?

There are various methods for type 2 diabetes prevention. One method is to embrace a healthy lifestyle. This includes a healthy diet, routine exercises, and maintaining stress levels. Being overweight puts you at a greater risk of the disorder. It's important to eat healthfully and to move as much as possible.

To learn more prevention techniques, it's best to speak to endocrinology specialists. A professional with chronic disease management can assist in developing a healthy lifestyle plan for you.

At Baylor, Scott & White MedProvider, we know the importance of seeking quality diabetes treatment. Our team offers a variety of chronic care management services, including acute disease management and preventive health screenings. We also offer a team of endocrinologists to assist with the treatment of and coping with metabolic disorders.

Contact us at (469) 701-9075 to schedule an appointment.