Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

While working at hospitals over the past few years I’ve treated numerous patients with diabetes. Most of them had no idea they had diabetes because they didn’t recognize the signs and symptoms and didn’t know they were at risk. Once they were diagnosed, high blood sugars had caused harm to their hearts, limbs, organs, or sight.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. Someone is at risk for diabetes if they have a relative with diabetes, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25 (to calculate BMI: weight in pounds / height in inches / height in inches X 703), elevated triglyceride or low HDL cholesterol levels, have had gestational diabetes or a baby weighing more than 9 pounds, or are of African-American or Hispanic origin.

Signs and symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, and increased hunger.

Talk to your doctor if you think you should be screened for diabetes. A simple test could save you from being diagnosed too late.