Diabetes Part II...test yourself

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diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgThe Canadian Diabetes Association suggests those at high risk for getting diabetes get tested at least every three years. If you answer yes to any of the questions below you are considered to be at high risk for type 2 diabetes:

● Have you had gestational diabetes?
● Does an immediate family member have type 2 diabetes?
● Are you overweight?
● Are you over 40?
● Do you have high blood pressure?
● Are you of aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian or African decent?

You should also watch for common signs and symptoms of diabetes, including:

● Unusual thirst
● Frequent urination
● Weight change
● Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
● Blurred vision
● Frequent or recurring infections
● Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
● Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet

If you experience any of these symptoms for a period of time, don't take them lightly. People with diabetes can live full, active and healthy lives. The earlier a diagnosis is made the better the odds of avoiding complications and preventing the disease's progression.

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