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Know the Signs, Symptoms & Risk Factors of Diabetes

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diabetes 2_12661_20100218Nearly 24 million Americans are suffering from some type of Diabetes, that is about 8% of our total population. 

 

As many as one quarter of these people don’t even know they have diabetes.  These statistics come from an article published on womenshealth.com.

 

Family Medical Walk-In Clinic wants you to be aware of the signs, symptoms & risks that can come from diabetes.

 

What is diabetes?

 

Your blood glucose (sugar) is too high.  If not controlled diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage.

 

3 main types of diabetes:

 

Type 1:  This type of diabetes does not allow your body to make enough insulin, so you must take insulin everyday. (This is most commonly diagnosed in children and young adults.)

 

Type 2:  You can get type 2 diabetes at any age, with this type of diabetes, your body creates insulin, but it can’t do it’s job correctly.  With this type of diabetes your insulin levels will begin to decrease overtime relative to your need, so you may have to start using insulin to keep it under control.  (This is the most common type of diabetes.)

 

Gestational diabetes:  This occurs during pregnancy.  According to WebMD.com, it usually develops in  1 out of 20 pregnancies, which accounts for about 4% of pregnant women.  Developing this type of diabetes is caused by the bodies changing hormones during pregnancy.  Gestational diabetes will most likely go away after your pregnancy.

 

Signs & Symptoms:

 

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/Bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/Numbness in the hands and/or feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
  • Dried mouth
  • Headaches

 

Scary fact:  According to the American Diabetes Association, most people with type 2 diabetes show NO symptoms!

 

Risk Factors:

  • Age over 45 years
  • Race or Ethnic background
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Being very overweight compared to your height (BMI)
  • Low physical activity level
  • High blood pressure
  • History of diabetes during pregnancy
  • More risk factors for gestational diabetes, visit: http://www.joslin.org/info/Gestational_Diabetes.html

 

If you feel you may be at risk for these types of diabetes, contact your doctor right away. 

 

Follow this link to take the “At Risk For Diabetes Online Test”: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/

 

As of right now there is no cure for diabetes, that is why it is important for you to follow your doctor’s instructions  in order to live a happy healthy lifestyle.

 

Sources:

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/

http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/diabetes.cfm

http://diabetes.webmd.com/guide/diabetes-warning-signs

http://www.joslin.org/info/Gestational_Diabetes.html

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