Diabetes alert day
There are currently over 30 million people with type two diabetes. Of those, 7 million are unaware that they have this disease.
The American Diabetes Association urges everyone to take the diabetes risk test today. Finding out you have diabetes early will keep you out of risk of going into diabetic shock. Not taking the right precautions and life style changes when diagnosed with type two diabetes can be very debilitating to your body.
Some risk factors include:
Obesity – Obesity is the number one risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Genetics – If there is a family history of Type 2 diabetes, your chances increase.
Race and Ethnicity – Being African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Asian American can increase your risk.
Pregnancy and gestational diabetes – If you developed gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, you are more at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Age – Although children can develop Type 2 diabetes, those over 45 have the highest risk.
Gender — Men are twice as likely to have undiagnosed diabetes as women.
Other health issues — If you have high blood pressure, your risk doubles.
Sedentary lifestyle — Stay active and you can decrease your risk by 30 percent.
Type two diabetes symptoms to look out for include increased urination, increased thirst, feeling very hungry even though you are eating, extreme fatigue, blurred vision, cuts/sores that are slow to heal, and possible weight fluctuation.
Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are good ways for prevention management.
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