Do I have Diabetes

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Understanding what diabetes is is crutical. According to FamilyDoctor.org the definition of diabetes: “Your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose (a form of sugar). Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that allows glucose to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when a person’s body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use insulin properly. When you have diabetes, the sugar builds up in your blood instead of moving into the cells. Too much sugar in the blood can lead to serious problems, including heart disease and damage to the nerves and kidneys. There are 2 types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce any insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Nearly 95% of people who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.”

My question to you would be, “What makes you ask?” Is it that a family member, such as, grandma or grandpa, mom or dad was a diabetic? Are you over 45, overweight, and consider pushing the buttons on the TV remote exercise? If you are a diabetic your body will let you know as changes will will start occuring. Listed on familydoctor.org are a few of the symptoms, they are:

  • extreme thirst
  • extreme hunger
  • frequent urination
  • sores or bruises that heal slowly
  • dry, itchy skin
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurry vision
  • unusual tiredness or drowsiness
  • tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections

Problem is, by the time the symptoms appear damage to your heart, kidneys and eyes could be starting. So if your are uncertain and experiencing any of these symptoms on a regular basis, call your family doctor. The blood test is easy, schedule yours right away.

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