Warning Signs of Diabetes

by Lois Etienne on January 19, 2011

in Diabetes

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Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). “Diabetes is a chronic condition that can cause serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney failure and nervous system damage,” Dr. J. Fred Ralston Jr., ACP president, said in a press release.

The ACP Diabetes Portal provides patients with diabetes and clinicians who treat them with tools, resources and research supporting diabetes care. Patients can access practical tips and successful approaches to control diabetes.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being over age 45; having a family history of diabetes; being overweight; not exercising regularly; having had gestational diabetes; having high blood pressure or high cholesterol; and being African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic or Pacific Islander.

Diabetes symptoms may be mild or even nonexistent.

Warning signs may include the following:

  • Extreme thirst and/or hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Frequent infections
  • Bruises that are slow to heal

Physicians can prescribe a simple blood test to diagnose diabetes, Ralston said.

According to ACP, those with diabetes can keep the disease under control by eating a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry and whole grains; exercising regularly; losing weight; checking blood sugar levels; and taking medicines every day.

Home Instead CAREGivers can help seniors with special nutritional needs and accompany them to doctor appointments. Please call us at 800-473-6467

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