Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake encourages everyone to learn about their risk factors for diabetes during American Diabetes Month. The number of Americans with diabetes continues to increase. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and an estimated 79 million adults have prediabetes. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 if current trends continue.
“Diabetes is a very serious disease that can have major physical, emotional and financial impacts,” says Dr. Cheletta Watkins, a family practice physician on the medical staff at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “And even with a staggering 26 million diagnosed cases in the country right now, many Americans still don’t know nearly enough about diabetes, and many fail to acknowledge its severity.”
Symptoms of diabetes can include frequent urination, excessive thirst, intense hunger, abnormal weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurred vision. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have an increased risk of developing diabetes. Other risk factors include obesity, a family history of the disease, an inactive lifestyle, increasing age, gestational diabetes, and high blood cholesterol or blood pressure.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake offers an online risk assessment at www.DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/DiabetesRisk
to outline the conditions that may put you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, long-term complications from the disease can include cardiovascular disease, skin problems, bone and joint problems, and damage to the kidneys, eyes and feet.
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