Many personal risk factors make a woman more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
However experts consider obesity to be the single greatest risk factor.
By The Diabetic Friend Editorial Staff
June 25, 2011
Risk and Control. It’s also the one risk factor that women are most able to control. Not surprisingly, the number of overweight and obese people in the United States is increasing at the same alarming rate as the incidence of Type 2 diabetes: An estimated 33% of Americans are overweight and 23 % are obese.
What’s to blame for the weight crisis? For starters, we need to look at the way we live and eat. Processed and packaged foods loaded with fat and sugar are readily available. We tend to rely on fast foods (also laden with fat and calories) for meals because our lives are too rushed to take time for a meal. And we make little or no time for the physical activities that will help to burn off these calories.
Altering our lifestyle isn’t easy. But consider the health consequences of obesity. Besides being at greater risk for diabetes, women who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop cardiovascular problems, cancer, sleep apnea, gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), osteoarthritis, menstrual problems, and psychological problems (such as eating disorders, social stigmatism, and depression).