Diabetes in Utah: Prevalence and Risk Factors

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A recent report indicates that Utah has the lowest rate of diabetes in the nation. The rate of diabetes in Utah is about 4% lower than the national average, which is a significant difference. While this is great news, there is always more to be done in preventing and treating this condition. On this page, we break down some of the risk factors of diabetes.

Diabetes Risk Factors

There are two major types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes usually begins in childhood or adolescence, while Type 2 often sets in later in life. The exact causes of the conditions are unknown,  but there are many factors linked to them.

Type 1

The risk factors for type 1 diabetes include:

  • Family history

Type 1 diabetes often shows a genetic link. Children are more likely to develop the condition if parents or siblings also have it.

  • Harmful immune cells

Increased levels of immune system cells called “autoantibodies” are connected with type 1 diabetes. If you are tested and find that you have these cells, it does not necessarily mean that you will develop type 1 diabetes.

Some other factors, including the food a person eats as a newborn, may also contribute to type 1 diabetes in Utah and elsewhere.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes is more closely associated with lifestyle habits and environmental factors than type 1. Some risk factors for type 2 diabetes are:

  • Age

Decreased activity as you get older may contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. However, this is not a direct cause and not all elderly people get diabetes.

  • Obesity

Overweight and obese individuals are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes. But as with age, being overweight does not necessarily mean that you will get type 2 diabetes. It may contribute to it, though.

  • Physical inactivity

Physical inactivity leads to many health problems, including potentially diabetes. Exercise stimulates your body’s use of sugar and insulin, protecting you against diabetes.

These are just a few of the possible risk factors for diabetes. Talk with your doctor about your risk for the disease if you have concerns about developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes in Utah: Why the Low Rate?

Utah is a young state. In fact, it has the youngest population of any US state. While young people are not exempt from developing diabetes, they often exercise more and lead more healthy lifestyles. This helps guard against type 2 diabetes, in particular.

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