Type 2 Diabetes: Know the Risk Factors
By Claire Kowalchik
May 20, 2015
It can catch you by surprise. Type 2 diabetes may develop gradually, and early symptoms, which can be subtle or seemingly insignificant, may easily go unnoticed or overlooked. As with any health issue, the earlier you catch and treat diabetes the better. So become a symptom sleuth. Here’s how.
Listen to your body
Several of the signs of diabetes are common experiences like thirst, hunger, dry skin, or fatigue. What’s different is the intensity or frequency of these symptoms. You need to consider whether what you’re feeling is normal for you. Ask yourself the following questions:
Not everyone experiences the same symptoms of diabetes. You may have one of these symptoms, a few, or several. If you have any of them, make an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss getting your blood sugar tested.
Evaluate your risk
Some people don’t experience any symptoms of diabetes until complications like high blood pressure or heart disease arise. Ask yourself if you have any of the following risk factors, which according to the American Diabetes Association, increase your odds of a diagnosis for type 2 diabetes:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone age 45 or older consider getting tested for diabetes, especially if you are overweight. If you are younger than 45, are overweight, and have one or more additional risk factors from the list above, see your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, a healthy lifestyle (including balanced eating, physical activity and a 5-10% weight loss) can help you better manage your diabetes, prevent its complications, and live a long, healthy life! Learn about the Jenny Craig for Type 2 Diabetes program.