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Why Get Tested for Type 2 diabetes?

Reasons to Get Tested for Diabetes Today

Have you considered if you should get tested for diabetes? Here are a few reasons for why you should:

* It is easy to get tested.

* Many people who have diabetes do not see any symptoms. Type 2 diabetes symptoms include increased urination, weight loss, blurry vision when blood sugar gets into the danger zone.

* As with other sicknesses, the earlier diabetes is caught, the better.

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U.S. sees diabetes rates skyrocket

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been an exponential growth of people with diabetes from 1995 to 2010. Out of 50 states, 42 show an increase of at least 50%. Type 2 diabetes  accounts for 90 – 95 percent of all U.S. diabetes cases.

The following states had the highest increase: Oklahoma (226 percent), Kentucky (158 percent), Georgia (145 percent), Alabama (140 percent) and Washington (135 percent).

The study used data from an annual telephone survey of health behaviors and conditions of US adults aged 18 and older.

Employers, hospitals, patients, and everyone needs to address this issue. This creates an opportunity for increased communication. It is possible to lower the rate obesity, Type 2 diabetes and related costs.

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Diabetes kills more women than breast cancer

Diabetes kills twice as many women every year as breast cancer. Yet, most women don’t even know they have the disorder. Some symptoms of Type 2 diabetes tend to be ignored or attributed to a person’s hectic lifestyle or age.

For instance, it’s easy to dismiss fatigue when you work full time, care for a family (which may or may not include aging parents) and try to keep up with the laundry and housekeeping.

Women who have a family history of Type 2 diabetes and are obese are at greater risk for developing the disorder than women with no family history and those at a normal weight. As a woman gets older, the risk increases.

Common symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are not as easy to ignore as fatigue. Yeast infections include: bleeding gums, tingling sensations in the hands and feet, blurred vision, excessive thirst and wounds that are slow to heal.

A glucose check by your doctor can determine if you are at risk for or have Type 2 diabetes.

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