Access Unlocked Health News: Diabetes and you

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Acanthosis Nigricans darkening and thicken of the skin

An estimated 24 million Americans have diabetes and some are unaware, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Potential Diabetic problems:

Diabetic Retinopathy is when diabetes has damaged the blood vessels in the eye, causing a person to go blind.

Neuropathy is diabetic nerve damage.  Neuropathy decreases a diabetic’s ability to feel pain or extreme temperatures.

Diabetes also contributes to poor circulation, which may also cause a heart attack or stroke, among diabetic.

Diabetes are usually hereditary.  Meaning, if you have a family with diabetes your risk of getting the disease is higher.

Acanthosis nigricans is a brown or black color, of the skin which could indicate diabetes.  Acanthosis nigricans is most common in African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics.

Diabetes Symptoms:

Tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

Weight loss.

Frequent urination.

Excessive Thirst.

Tiredness.

Ways to prevent Diabetes 

Control your weight.

If you smoke stop.

Occasionally drink alcohol or stop.

Get plenty of fiber, whole grain, fruits, veggies and nuts into your diet.

Blurred vision.

Increased hunger.

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