Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.


One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes.


These changes include:


· Eating Healthy

· Increasing Physical Activity

· Decreasing One’s Weight

However, these changes are not enough for some and their Doctor will take additional measures to control their diabetes.

As mentioned, diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. There are other issues caused by diabetes a few of them are:

· Blindness

· Nerve Damage

· Kidney Disease


What is type 2 diabetes? The American Diabetes Association defines type 2 diabetes as “a condition characterized by high glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin effectively.”


Even though type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in middle-aged and older adults, younger people can have type 2 diabetes too.


People with diabetes can experience the following symptoms:


· Urinating Often

· Always Thirsty

· Feeling Hungry (even when eating)

· Extreme Fatigue

· Blurred Vision

· Slow to Heal (Cuts & Bruises)

· Hand and Feet: Tingling, numbness or pain


It is important to realize some type 2 diabetics have mild symptoms, which can go unnoticed.


REFERENCES:

Reference: Diabetes Symptoms. Accessed at:

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/?loc=db-slabnav . Accessed on: October 27, 2017


Reference: Facts About Type 2. Accessed at:

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/facts-about-type-2.html .

Accessed on: October 27, 2017

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