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Diabetes: What are the Risk Factors?

Posted by David Ghiorso, CPA, March 21, 2016

Diabetes impacts an estimated 22 million people within the United States, and there are many people who are at risk for diabetes. Tuesday, March 22nd has been named as the “American Diabetes Association Alert Day.” This day is a great reminder that you should keep an eye on your health to watch for symptoms of diabetes.

Diabetes in Older Adults

Type 2 diabetes usually develops in middle aged or older adults. Even if you had healthy blood sugar levels earlier in your life, there is a possibility that you might develop the symptoms of diabetes. So, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the symptoms and talk with your doctor if you have any concerns.

This disease is typically impacted by overall health and lifestyle, which is why you need to work closely with your doctor. A medical professional will help you determine if you actually have diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes

These are some of the symptoms of diabetes. Keep in mind that you mind develop one or several symptoms, although sometimes these symptoms might be misdiagnosed for another health problem. These are a few common problems that you should be watching for:

  • Increased urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
  • Change in hunger
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Extremely dry skin
  • Wounds or sores that heal slowly

If you notice any of these symptoms, then your best option is to talk with your doctor to identify the right diagnosis and treatment. Typically, the symptoms will be gradual for type 2 diabetes, but they appear quickly if a person has type 1 diabetes. Don’t dismiss these symptoms, because they are warning signs that you might be having problems with your blood sugar levels.

Insurance Coverage for Diabetes

Did you know that most types of health insurance will cover the supplies for diabetes, including monitors, test strips, and insulin? It is important that you have a good insurance plan to help cover these costs, because the expenses can really add up. For more information about health insurance for older adults, contact us right away and we will help you find the right insurance plan to support your health.

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