Do I Have Diabetes?

During American Diabetes Month, consider the signs and symptoms of diabetes.

According to the CDC, over 8% of the U.S. population has diabetes. That’s over 25 million people. If you’re wondering if you’re one of those people, you need to take a look at the common but often elusive symptoms that prompt doctors to screen you for this common disease. Keep in mind that while some patients show all the signs of diabetes, others show none of them. You’ll need to visit your doctor for tests for the final answer and a diabetes action plan to help you manage your diabetes and live a healthy life.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes

According to the CDC, you should be tested for diabetes if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • An increase urge to urinate
  • Excessive thirst
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme hunger
  • Changes in vision
  • A numb or tingling sensation in hands or feet
  • Exhaustion
  • Unusually dry skin
  • Slow-healing sores
  • An increased number of infections

Diabetes can cause very serious complications and death, and must be managed with a combination of medication, lifestyle choices and diet restrictions. Diabetes can be prevented in some cases. To lower your risk, you must maintain a healthy weight, eat a well-balanced diet and get exercise every day. Also, be sure to quit smoking and lower your alcohol intake. Talk to your doctor about structuring your lifestyle to lower your risk of diabetes.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment to talk to your doctor. You may have to follow up with a glucose tolerance test. According to Medline Plus, this test takes about three hours. The results may indicate that you have prediabetes, diabetes, or gestational diabetes if you’re pregnant. After testing, your doctor will help you establish an action plan for your symptoms.

Have you experienced any diabetes symptoms? Be sure to make an appointment with a physician at Medical Center Arlington. Call 1-855-868-6262 for a physician referral.

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