Diabetes and Prediabetes: 7 Signs You're at Risk

According to the CDC, diabetes affects more than 29 million people and was the 7th leading cause of US death in 2013. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, accounting for 90 to 95% of cases. In type 2 diabetes, the body can't use the hormone insulin to move glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream to the cells that need it. High blood glucose is the leading cause of adult-onset blindness, kidney failure, and loss of toes or feet, and can lead to heart disease and stroke. [1]

There is a warning zone called prediabetes; 15-30% of people with it develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes, but only 1 in 10 know [2]. Take the prediabetes quiz to see if you're at risk.

This video shows how diabetes affects the body:

To learn more, visit CDC Basics About Diabetes.

Visit my page on how to reduce your risk of diabetes!

Workplace Wellness Wednesday is an awareness bulletin to help you make healthy lifestyle choices. It is not a substitute for your healthcare provider.

References:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes At A Glance 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/pdf/2016/diabetes-aag.pdf. Accessed March 11, 2017.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prediabetes Infographic. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/prediabetes-infographic.pdf Accessed March 11, 2017.

Image: Florida Department of Health. Diabetes Warning Signs and Risk Factors. http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/diabetes/warning-signs.html. Accessed March 11, 2017.

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