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You may have heard about it in the press and many many documentaries explaining that Blood sugar levels are critical for optimal health. I’ve been watching mine now for over a year.   My blood sugar levels were creeping  up and I was finding it difficult to stop a muffin top slowly growing around my waist.    Its at tricky beast.  Mostly because we are swimming in sugar.  Diabetes Australia has a whole heap of information here.

Risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes – which is a world wide epidemic include

Risk factors

Risk factors for pre-diabetes are similar to those for type 2 diabetes which are:

  • Being overweight – especially those who have excess weight around the waistline (ie: more than 94cm for men and more than 80cm for women).
  • Being physically inactive.
  • Having high triglycerides and low HDL-C (good cholesterol) and/or high total cholesterol.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having a family history of type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease.

Other people at risk include:

  • Women with Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome*.
  • Women who have had diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or given birth to a big baby (more than 4.5kgs).
  • Those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
  • Those from certain ethnic backgrounds such as the Pacific Islands, Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

The science on carbohydrate consumption and the rise of Type 2 diabetes is unfounded.