Comprehensive Health Screenings Can Help You Tackle Diabetes
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and more than one-quarter of them aren’t even aware that they have the disease. This startling statistic speaks volumes about how misunderstood diabetes really is among the general population. The American Diabetes Association has an article that highlights the potential risks of not knowing enough about this dreaded illness.
“There are many myths about diabetes that make it difficult for people to believe some of the hard facts – such as diabetes is a serious and potentially deadly disease. These myths can create a picture of diabetes that is not accurate and full of stereotypes and stigma.”
Among the many misconceptions, the most important is the simple lack of acknowledgement by many that diabetes is very serious. The article further explains how dangerous this line of thinking really is:
“Myth: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.
Fact: If you manage your diabetes properly, you can prevent or delay deadly diabetes complications. However, diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.”
Symptoms of Diabetes
The fact that almost 30% of those afflicted by diabetes have yet to address it is disturbing, considering the potential hazards. However, it’s often tricky for individuals to pinpoint whether they have developed diabetes because the symptoms take time before they materialize in physical form, and they are easy to misinterpret.
If you’re overweight, have a family history of diabetes or have high blood pressure, you should watch out for these signs: frequent urination, increased hunger and thirst, rapid weight loss, blurry vision and excessive fatigue. There are other lesser-known symptoms and this is why regular consultation with healthcare providers is crucial.
Most important to reducing the risks are eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. Visiting with a board-certified clinician at RediClinic can give you a more in-depth view of the changes you need to undergo to lead a healthier lifestyle.