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How Do I Know if I'm at Risk for Diabetes?

Posted by Lake Health Diabetes Education Center on Oct 16, 2018 9:57:00 AM


More than 30 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, and 7 million of them don’t know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Diabetes is serious business. It can lead to heart disease; stroke; kidney failure; vision loss; amputation of toes, feet or legs; and premature death. The good news is that you can often manage diabetes with physical activity, diet, insulin and other medications.
Marjorie Lang, a diabetes educator at Lake Health, knows how important it is to see if you're at risk. 

Could you be one of the 7 million Americans who has diabetes and doesn’t know it? Take this quick quiz to find out if you’re at risk.

Ask yourself: 

Are you over age 45?

___      Yes

___      No

Type 2 diabetes risk increases after age 45.

 

Are you overweight or do you have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol?

___      Yes

___      No

These conditions increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, excess weight is the most important risk factor.

 

Do you have extreme thirst and/or excessive urination?

___      Yes

___      No

Your body might be trying to rid itself of excess sugar in the bloodstream through the intake of fluids and resulting urination.

 

Are you always hungry and tired?

___      Yes

___      No

Without insulin, or with insulin resistance, cells can’t get energy from glucose. You might feel as if you can’t get enough to eat and be tired because glucose isn’t fueling your cells.

 

Do you have cuts, bruises or injuries that are slow to heal?

___      Yes

___      No

High blood sugar can affect blood flow and cause nerve damage that makes it hard for injuries to heal.

 

Do you have tingling or pain in your hands or feet?

___      Yes

___      No

Diabetic nerve damage can cause this.

 

Do you have a dry mouth or itchy skin?

___      Yes

___      No

Excessive urination can cause you to lose moisture, leading to these symptoms.

 

Do you have blurred vision?

___      Yes

___      No

As body fluid levels change, your eyes can swell, change shape and lose the ability to focus.

Add up your score

How many "Yes" answers did you have? 

Take action

If you answered “Yes” to one or more questions, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about your symptom(s) and get a simple test to check your blood sugar levels. 

Don’t delay. The sooner you are diagnosed, the better you can control your diabetes. Lake Health Diabetes Education Center can help you manage your diabetes with education options and support close to home. 

Topics: Wellness, Diabetes