An estimated seven out of 10 seniors have diabetes or pre-diabetes, and almost half of them are undiagnosed.
Early detection and treatment of high blood sugar levels can help prevent diabetes and the many serious complications linked to diabetes.
Are you one of the 292,000 Michigan residents who have diabetes and doesn't know it?
Tuesday, March 27, is American Diabetes Alert Day, a nationwide public awareness campaign to identify those at risk for developing or already have diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious disease that can damage one's eyes, heart and kidneys. Early detection and education is crucial in preventing or reducing these serious health complications.
You are at risk for diabetes if you answer yes to one or more of the following:
- I am age 45 and older.
- I am overweight.
- I get little or no exercise.
- I have a family history of diabetes.
- I have high blood pressure (130/80 or higher).
- I am of certain ethnic decent (African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Asian American and Native American).
- I am a woman who had diabetes when pregnant or had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth.
The Diabetes Risk Test is available by calling the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network at (906) 228-9203 or going online to www.diabetesinmichigan.org and clicking on Diabetes Alert Day.
Warning signs of diabetes include:
- Going to the bathroom a lot.
- Feeling hungry or thirsty all the time.
- Blurry vision.
- Losing weight without trying.
- Feeling tired all the time.
- Tingling/numbness in the hands or feet.
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal.
What's alarming is that 80 percent show no warning signs of diabetes when they are diagnosed.
If you have any of the above risk factors or signs of diabetes, talk with your doctor or health care provider about being tested for diabetes. One or two simple blood tests can detect diabetes.
Currently, there is no cure for diabetes; however, early detection can prevent or delay diabetes-related complications.
Got diabetes? Get educated. Take control of your health.
Diabetes education is available in your local community. To find a Diabetes Educator in your area, contact your local hospital or the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network at (906) 228-9203 or online at www.diabetesinmichigan.org.