Nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes, and about eight million of those are people who have diabetes but don’t know it. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Additionally, 86 million Americans age 20 and older have prediabetes — a condition in which glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as well as heart conditions and stroke.
Diabetes can lead to a number of other health problems, including heart disease, eye complications, kidney disease, nerve damage, foot problems, skin complications and dental disease. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, it’s important to get the facts on how to carefully manage your diabetes to help prevent complications that could further impact your health and wellness.
Ask your doctor these questions about diabetes:
- If I have prediabetes, can losing weight help reduce my risk of developing the disease?
- How can I educate myself on diabetes and diabetes management?
- In addition to blood glucose tests, what other medical tests will I need to manage my disease?
- What other specialists will I need to see, and when should I start seeing other doctors regularly?
- How often should I check my blood glucose levels, and what do I do if my blood sugar is too high or too low?
- What lifestyle changes can I make, and which medications do I need to help manage my diabetes?
- Are my children at increased risk of developing diabetes? How can I help prevent my children from developing the disease?
To successfully manage diabetes, it’s important to develop a strong partnership with your physician and care team. Take time to ask these and any other questions you may have until you feel you and your physician are on the same page.
By educating yourself and making small changes, you can better manage your diabetes and enjoy better health. To learn more about diabetes education at Goshen Hospital, give us a call at (574) 364-2746.
Posted: 10/19/2016 by
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