Nearly 40 percent of Americans who have diabetes don’t know they have the disease. Could you be one of them? Should you be screened to find out?
Your blood glucose level could be high enough to put you at risk for diabetes, even if you don’t yet have any of symptoms of the disease, such as:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Tingling in your hands, arms or feet
Your chance of developing the disease also increases if you have a family member (or members) with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Several other factors may put you at risk for type 2 diabetes, including:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Age (45+)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Personal history of gestational diabetes
If you do have diabetes, it’s important to find out sooner than later so you can manage your condition with medication, education, nutrition counseling, weight loss and exercise. People who ignore or don’t manage their diabetes are at risk of developing serious complications, from heart disease to blindness. The good news is you can actually delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes by making lifestyle changes.
Scripps offers diabetes management programs that can help.
A simple blood test can determine if you have diabetes. If you have risk factors for the disease, talk to your doctor to see if you should be screened.