Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). “Diabetes is a chronic condition that can cause serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney failure and nervous system damage,” Dr. J. Fred Ralston Jr., ACP president, said in a press release.
The ACP Diabetes Portal provides patients with diabetes and clinicians who treat them with tools, resources and research supporting diabetes care. Patients can access practical tips and successful approaches to control diabetes.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being over age 45; having a family history of diabetes; being overweight; not exercising regularly; having had gestational diabetes; having high blood pressure or high cholesterol; and being African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic or Pacific Islander.
Diabetes symptoms may be mild or even nonexistent. Warning signs may include extreme thirst and/or hunger, fatigue, frequent need to urinate, unusual weight loss, blurred vision, tingling or numbness in hands or feet, frequent infections, and bruises that are slow to heal.
Physicians can prescribe a simple blood test to diagnose diabetes, Ralston said.
According to ACP, those with diabetes can keep the disease under control by eating a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry and whole grains; exercising regularly; losing weight; checking blood sugar levels; and taking medicines every day.
Here at out Kitsap Peninsula Home Instead Office we can offer services to help your loved ones maintain a healthy diet and life style. Our CAREGivers are trained to to help seniors with special diets and escort them to doctor appointments. Please call our office at 360-782-4663 to find out more about our services.