Did you know it is estimated that 90% of people in the U.S. who have pre-diabetes don’t know they have it? Having pre-diabetes puts you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes if left unchecked. Some common symptoms of elevated blood sugar are feeling tired, feeling extra thirsty, urinating frequently and blurry vision. Often these symptoms are not recognized because they progress gradually or are mistaken for part of the aging process.
Some major risk factors for developing diabetes include:
- Family member with type 2 diabetes
- Personal history of gestational diabetes
- Inactive lifestyle
- Over 40 years of age
Making some basic changes regarding weight loss, a healthy diet and regular exercise are key in reducing risk and preventing progression to type 2 diabetes. Small changes can make a big impact. Just losing 5 to 10% of your current body weight can result in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
March 28th is the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day shining a spotlight on the risk factors and taking control. Knowledge is power! You can help spread awareness by talking to your family, friends and co-workers. The American Diabetes Association offers a free toolkit and a Type 2 Diabetes Risk quiz on their website and can be found here.