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Dealing with Diabetes

What you need to know about diabetes

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My uncle has diabetes. Am I at risk too?

1 out of every 5 Filipinos could potentially have Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) or Pre-Diabetes.

Yet, many Filipinos may be unaware because there may be no warning signs.

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If you have any of the following, you are at risk of developing T2DM.

Undergoing testing for T2DM is highly recommended for all adults above 40 years old.

"My OB-Gyne said that I might have had this even earlier since when I started menstruating; my period has been irregular.”
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a risk for developing T2DM.

...but it is not high enough to diagnose me with diabetes.”

History of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) is a risk for developing T2DM.

History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, or delivery of a baby weighing 8 lbs. or above, is a risk.

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"Two years ago, my HDL level was 30 mg/di and triglycerides of 300 mg/di. ls that relevant to diabetes?"

Serum HDL of <35 mg/di (0.9) and/or triglycerides >250 mg/di are risks for developing T2DM.

"My Body Mass Index (BMI) is 28 kg/m2.”

If you have a BMI of over 25 kg/m 2, that means you are overweight and are at risk of developing T2DM.

If your waist circumference is >80 cm (females) or >90 cm (males), you are at risk for developing T2DM.

Consult your doctor for the early detection and control of diabetes.

"I work in the office from 9am to 5pm. At home, I am glued to the computer surfing the net."

A sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for developing T2DM.

"My sister was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus."

If you have a first degree relative with T2DM, you are at risk of developing T2DM. 

Consult your doctor for the early detection and control of diabetes.

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