I am 27 years old. I had a medical checkup recently and my doctor said that my fasting blood sugar placed me at risk for developing diabetes later on. He said I should reduce weight. Why does my weight place me at risk for diabetes?
- Being overweight can be dangerous for you if you are already at high risk for developing diabetes. You are at high risk for developing diabetes if:
- your fasting blood sugar 110 mg or higher
- there is a family history of diabetes in a parent, sibling, or child
- you are overweight, especially if more than 20 percent overweight
- if you have excess fat around your waist
- you have had diabetes during pregnancy (known as gestational diabetes) or delivered a baby weighing more than 4 kilos
- you have high blood pressure
- you are not exercising
In your case, since your father is a diabetic, you already have a greater chance of developing diabetes. If you add the fact that you are overweight, it might just tip the balance. If you lose weight and try to get as close to your ideal BMI as possible, you can postpone the development of diabetes by many decades. Exercise is also an important factor. Brisk walking, at least for 30 minutes 5 days a week, can reduce your risk dramatically.