Karen Ensle Ed.D., RD, FADA, CFCS Family & Community Health Sciences Educator Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
More than 29 million people in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes. Add to that another 86 million adults age 20 or older who have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood sugar is higher than it should be, but not high enough to be considered as having diabetes. It is clear that many people face a major health “issue.” Type 2 diabetes is serious. Below are some health issues connected to having diabetes:
- Adults who have diabetes are more likely to have high blood pressure and to die of heart disease than those without diabetes.
- Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure and blindness in adults.
- Nerve problems, such as loss of feeling in the feet or carpal tunnel syndrome, affect most people with diabetes.
- People with diabetes are more likely than others to need a foot or leg amputation.
- Having to urinate often
- Extreme thirst and extreme hunger
- Weight loss
- Extreme tiredness and irritability
- Frequent infections
- Blurred vision
- Bruises or cuts that heal slowly
- Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet, skin, gum
- Bladder infections that keep coming back
- Eat a balanced diet of controlled calories
- Get regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight
- Don't smoke or be around smokers
- Limit alcoholic drinks
- Have regular checkups