Let’s approach the end of American Diabetes Awareness Month with some vital questions: will you get diabetes? Is there any reason to be worried? Are there steps you should be taking to reduce your risk? These are some great questions to bring to your doctor at your next physical. But even before that, you can begin to assess your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
Risk Factors for Diabetes
First, see if you can claim any of these significant risk factors:
- Age 45 or older
- Diagnosed with gestational diabetes when pregnant
- Overweight or obese
- Family history of diabetes
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Have prediabetes
- High blood pressure, even if you take medication to control it
- You are of Latinx, African, Pacific-Islander, Asian, or Native American origin
Symptoms of Diabetes
Next, check for the warning signs of Type 2 diabetes. Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Increased appetite
- Increased need to urinate
- Extreme thirst
- Blurry vision
- Cuts and scrapes that heal slowly
- Numbness or tingling in your feet or hands
Finally, take this online assessment quiz prepared by the American Diabetes Association – it’s available in English and Spanish. On a scale of 1-10, you’ll see if your risk of becoming diabetic is low, medium, or high.
If these self-assessment tools still have you wondering, talk to your primary care physician or expert podiatrists Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann. A full examination and blood tests performed by your medical team will either put your mind at ease or make a critical diagnosis. Suppose the diagnosis is prediabetes (your blood sugar levels are elevated but not enough to be called Type 2 diabetes). In that case, you may be able to make some lifestyle changes to reverse the trend. If the diagnosis is diabetes, you’ll need to start treatment right away.
We can help people with diabetes get the appropriate advice about nutrition, exercise, prescription medications, and proper foot care. Call Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online. We’re here to help the greater Solon community and all residents of Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, and Geauga Counties.