Diabetes – Do I have diabetes?

DiabetesYou are asking the right question.  In America alone, 5.7 million diabetics  are unaware they have this disease.  First look at diabetes’ problems, risk factors, and symptoms.  Then consider a blood sugar screening.

Problems related to diabetes

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney malfuncion
  • Foot/hand pain, numbness, or weakness
  • Depression
  • Blindness

Risk factors for diabetes*

  • Age over 45 years
  • Race or ethnic background
  • Being overweight (especially around the waist)
  • Low physical activity level
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of diabetes during pregnancy

Any of these “non-modifiable factors” puts you at risk of having diabetes. Take the American Diabetes Association Interactive Risk Test HERE.

Symptoms of diabetes

If you have any of these symptoms, discuss your risk for diabetes at your next doctor visit.

  • Urinating often
  • Being very thirsty
  • Being very hungry
  • Being more tired than usual
  • Being irritable
  • Losing weight
  • Experiencing blurry vision

Blood Sugar Screening

If you have any concern about being a diabetic, do ask your doctor for a blood sugar screening.

*Source: American Diabetes Association, “Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes?”

Disclaimer -This column is for information and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for seeing a medical provider for healthcare attention. This web site does not diagnose or treat any medical disease, disorder, ailment, etc., or otherwise practice medicine. Always consult your healthcare provider prior to embarking on or making any changes in any medical or psychiatric problems. Dr. Buckmaster does not receive funding from any pharmaceutical company, but is a self-reliant, independent, solo-practicing physician.

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