Over 20 million Americans have diabetes and almost one-third do not know that they have it. Diabetes is a life-long disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. Diabetes occurs when your body does not make enough insulin or does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas.
Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to serious long-term health problems, including heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, eye complications, nerve damage, and foot complications.
This Diabetes Assessment serves several purposes. If you don't have diabetes, the assessment will help you understand your risk for getting diabetes in the future. If you aren't sure whether or not you have diabetes now, it will help you better understand the likelihood, including symptoms and how you can be screened for diabetes. Finally, if you already know that you have diabetes, this assessment can help you manage your diabetes and control your blood sugars. Studies are clear that the better controlled your blood sugar, the less likely you are to develop complications.
Before starting the assessment, you should gather the following information,if you have it:
You can still benefit from this assessment, however, even if you don't have this information.
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|Reviewed By:||David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA,Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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