DiabetesThere are over 1 million people on earth affected by type 2 diabetes, and the sad fact is: a great deal of them do not even known that they are suffering from this health condition. Certainly, if type 2 diabetes is not properly controlled or treated, the risks of having a heart attack, go blind or even lose a leg are increased. Improperly treated type 2 diabetes is a reason why every year about 24 thousand people in the UK lose their lives. Such options as medications and a healthy diet are the most effective ways to manage diabetes, and also it is very important to master a proper weight management techniques.

Being overweight, improper nutrition and having increased LDL cholesterol levels in the blood are among the most known factors linked to increased risks of diabetes. But what are less known ones? Check out the list below and analyze your daily routine to be sure that you do not fall under an elevated risk of developing this serious health condition.

1. Skipping breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and giving your body a good portion of fuel in the morning will help you perform better during the day. A group of Australian scientists found out that skipping breakfast leads to a significant drop in our blood sugar levels, causing very string cravings for a sweet treat and thus increasing the risks of diabetes.

2. Having too much of belly fat or too large waistline. Many studies have shown that too large waistline is closely linked to very high risks of type 2 diabetes. Even if you are not obese, but your waistline is more than 37 inches (for men) or 31.5 inches (for women), this factor is enough to elevate your risks.

Sleep3. Having not enough sleep. According to the findings of a study carried out at Boston University, getting about 5 hours sleep every night is linked to 50 per cent higher chances to develop type 2 diabetes compared to getting 7-8 hours sleep.

4. Snoring. A group of specialists at Yale University analyzed the data of 1,200 people suffering from sleep apnea, and found out that this condition is associated with twice higher risks of developing diabetes.

5. Drinking a fruit juice. After studying 70,000 female volunteers, American scientists came to the conclusion that drinking just 180 ml of a commercially produced fruit juice on a daily basis is linked to 18 per cent higher chances to develop diabetes. At that, those who eat fresh fruits instead have lower risks to suffer from type 2 diabetes.

6. Working shifts. A study at Harvard University have shown that working shifts (especially in long term periods) can be linked to up to 50 per cent higher risks of developing diabetes. It is estimated that over 3.5 million people in the UK work shifts.

7. Suffering from an ovarian problem. In particular, such condition as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which currently affects about 15 per cent of women in the UK, is associated with 10 per cent higher risks of type 2 diabetes.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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