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Healthy Living Means Discussing Diabetes

Posted by Drew Mandish on

Healthy Living Means Discussing Diabetes

Knowing when to talk to your doctor about potential diabetes symptoms is an important part of conversations about healthy living.

Do you know if diabetes runs in your family? Have you ever had a conversation about it with your parents or grandparents? Some symptoms of diabetes are so mild they can be misinterpreted as other medical issues. Being aware of the symptoms is a first step in having a dialogue with your family and health care providers about the risks to you. The American Diabetes Association lists these symptoms as some of the most common:
  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
  The majority of symptoms are due to higher than normal levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Sugars can be hidden in many foods, contributing to higher-than-recommended daily intake levels. And it’s not always the obvious ones like desserts or soft drinks. For instance, breads and pastas turn quickly to sugar during digestion causing an unintentional spike in the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. As a general rule, if you’re over 45 years old or have any known family history of diabetes you would do well to have a conversation with your doctor or healthcare provider about diabetes. Over 7 million people in the U.S. have undiagnosed diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Be certain you’re not among that number, or if you are that you are armed with the knowledge you need for healthy living.

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