A study published in the journal Diabetic Medicine (November 2009) reports that men were twice as likely as women to have undiagnosed diabetes. Over 6,700 patients from the United Kingdom aged 52 to 79 were evaluated. Nine percent of the total patients had diabetes. Previously unrecognized diabetes was found in 22% of the men and 12% of the women in this study.
Some of the warning signs of diabetes include:
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue and Irritability
Cuts/bruises that heal slowly
Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
Both men and women need to make sure they have regular screenings for diabetes, especially if they are overweight or if they have relatives with diabetes – this increases your risk. If you do not know your risk for diabetes why not talk to your healthcare provider this month – November is American Diabetes Month!
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