Know Your Risk for Diabetes

Type-II diabetes is a health issue that millions of Americans face. Unfortunately, even people who do not have diabetes may still be at high risk for this disease. Type-II diabetes is the more common type of diabetes, and it can be prevented with greater awareness of the disease that may inspire individual lifestyle changes along with a push for a healthier community. In honor of American Diabetes Month this November, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is offering free blood glucose screenings to help our patients recognize their risk for type-II diabetes. If you are affected by any of the factors below, you should definitely take part in this screening.

Lancet in hand prick finger for blood glucose level

Obesity

Being overweight or obese is the leading cause of type-II diabetes, particularly in those who are apple shaped and carry most of their weight in the midsection. Losing weight gradually through healthier diet and regular physical activity can help you significantly reduce your risk for diabetes.

Smoking

While smoking does not directly cause diabetes, it does do harm to the major organs, including the heart and lungs. As problems arise from the damage caused by smoking cigarettes, your risk for diabetes will increase. Making an effort to quit is beneficial for your health at any age, so get proactive about smoking cessation if you do smoke.

Female gender

Women have unique risk factors for type-II diabetes, as they are more likely to get this disease if they have had gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Some women may also be at a higher risk if they have a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which impacts hormone production and insulin resistance.

For more information about diabetes and your health, visit West Hills Hospital & Medical Center on November 20th for your glucose screening. Explore our other free health services, including classes and other health screenings, by visiting our website or calling us at (818) 676-4000.

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