Sure Signs You Have Diabetes, Say Physicians
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "37.3 million Americans—about 1 in 10—have diabetes. About 1 in 5 people with diabetes don't know they have it." While diabetes is manageable, if left untreated, diabetes can become a serious condition that can result in blindness, nerve damage, heart disease, kidney failure and amputations. Keeping diabetes in check is key to living a healthy life. Eat This, Not That! Health talked with experts who explain what the risk factors are for diabetes, how to help get it under control and what symptoms to watch out for. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, Urgent Care Medical Director and Physician, Carbon Health, and Saint Mary's Hospital says, "If you need to use the restroom more than usual for example (waking up in the middle of the night) and it's not associated with increased fluid intake this could be a sign of diabetes. When your body has an elevated amount of glucose the kidneys respond by increasing urination to help remove the excess glucose."
"If you start to experience numbness, sharp pains, tingling in your hands, arms, legs or feet often referred to as neuropathy, this can be a sign of diabetes. This is caused by an increase in blood sugar (glucose) which affects the amount of blood flowing to your organs and muscles affecting nerves throughout the body," Dr. Curry-Winchell explains.
Dr. Curry-Winchell states, "Unfortunately, elevated blood sugar does not mean more energy. The body is not able to use the excess sugar, instead you feel tired and "run down" even after a good night's rest."
How Can Diabetes Affect Overall Health and Daily Life?
Dr. Curry-Winchell shares, "Diabetes can affect many aspects of your daily life. The disease has the potential to cause harm or damage to several organs such as the eyes, brain, heart, kidneys, and skin. When diabetes is not under control, it can be disruptive to your life and impact your ability to perform personal and professional activities."
Why are Cases of Diabetes Rising?
According to Dr. Curry-Winchell, "The reason is multifaceted and involves a decrease in physical activity and increased consumption of high calorie foods which leads to weight gain — ultimately increasing your risks for developing diabetes. The pandemic has also played a role. For almost two years people were asked to stay home which led to less exercise, isolation and adopting unhealthy coping skills with food or sedentary hobbies."
Diabetes Risk Factors
Dr. Nisha Jayani, a board-certified endocrinologist with Paloma Health shares, "Being overweight and being physically inactive are two major risk factors for type 2 diabetes. By eating better and getting regular exercise, you can help to prevent type 2 diabetes.You should avoid eating processed meats, white rice, and sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead, load up on nutrient-dense goodness like leafy green veggies, fruits rich in anthocyanins, quality dairy products, nuts, and legumes."
How to Help Prevent Diabetes
Dr. Jayani states, "Eating a Mediterranean-style diet, a diet rich in fish, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and olive oil, can be beneficial for the long-term prevention of diabetes." Dr. Jayani adds, "Aerobic exercises like walking, swimming, or riding your bike can help decrease your blood glucose levels. I recommend 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a few days a week to help prevent diabetes in the long term."