It can affect any age and cause serious health problems. "What really worries about type two diabetes is that it often does not have any symptoms. Therefore, if you are over 45 years old, it is recommended that you have a diabetes screening test every year, "explained Sharon Krispinsky, chronic health program coordinator with Lee Health.
More than 30 million Americans live with type two diabetes, but studies show that a third of that population does not realize they have the disease. "We can try diabetes in several different ways." Doctors can order fasting blood glucose, and if it's over 126 on two occasions, that's a diagnosis of diabetes, "he said.
An A1C test can also be used to determine your risk of type two diabetes. A1C measures your average blood sugar control in the last three months. Patients are considered diabetic if their A1C is greater than 6.5.
"We can prevent type two diabetes by adopting a healthier lifestyle, five to seven percent weight loss, by exercising 150 minutes a week.We can reduce the incidence of type two diabetes in those people by approximately 58 percent. cent, "said Krispinsky.
With healthy changes in lifestyle, such as stress management, physical activity and weight loss, type two diabetes is also reversible. But if left untreated, it can cause serious health problems. "What we see with type two diabetes is that it mainly affects the large blood vessels, so we will see complications such as heart attacks, strokes, we will see infections in the feet that could lead to amputations," he said.
It is important to know your risk of developing type two diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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