Ten Keys to Healthy Living - #5 - Regulate Blood Glucose

#5 - Regulate Blood Glucose

People can get diabetes at any age. Fortunately, it can be controlled and prevented. Adults over 45 should know their blood glucose level whether or not they have been diagnosed with diabetes. A simple blood test, called the fasting blood sugar (FBS) test, will determine whether your glucose levels are too high. Another test is the Glucose Tolerance Test, which requires that you drink a sugar solution, followed by a blood test 1-2 hours afterwards.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes (Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms)

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

Ten Keys to Healthy Living - #5 - Regulate Blood Glucose

Additional resources:

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes UK

International Diabetes Federation Europe

National Institutes of Health

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion