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General Health

separator One Diabetes Risk Factor is Enough
To be at risk for diabetes, all you need is one of the risk factors. And there are lots of them.

  • Are you overweight? There’s one risk factor right there.
  • Have you had a baby that weighed more than nine pounds at birth? If you have, that’s a risk factor for you.
  • Are you older than 45? Yes, you guessed it—that’s another risk factor.
  • There are other risk factors as well. If you’re a member of any of the following groups, your diabetes risk is higher: African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander.

Most people who have diabetes experienced a previous condition called “pre-diabetes” first. If you have this early warning sign—blood sugar that’s elevated but not as high as it is for diabetes—there’s a good possibility that lifestyle changes may stop diabetes from developing.

Ask your doctor to test you for diabetes. It’s a simple blood test.

Source: The National Association of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders

Diabetes Symptoms
According to the American Diabetes Association, about 16 million Americans have diabetes, but more than 5 million don’t even know it. These are the symptoms of diabetes:

  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Urinating a great deal
  • Feeling hungry
  • Losing weight and not understanding why
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Having blurry vision

If you notice one or more of these symptoms, see your doctor. Explain your symptoms. Chances are, your doctor will perform a blood test to check for diabetes.

Source: The National Association of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders

Diabetic Eye Disease
There are several reasons to do everything you can to lower your risk of diabetes. One of the primary reasons is that having diabetes increases your risk of eye disease. But if you’re aware of the risk and early warning signs, you may be able to stop diabetes in its tracks if you increase exercise and change your diet.

If you do have diabetes, be sure to have your eyes checked on a regular basis, according to your doctor’s recommendations. There are treatments now that can slow the progression of disease, making blindness much more rare than it used to be for people with diabetes.

Source: The National Association of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders

What’s Vertigo?
First of all, here’s what vertigo is not: fear of heights.

When you have vertigo, you might feel as if the world is spinning around you. Or you might feel like you’re moving when you’re really standing still. It can cause nausea and dizziness as well.

There are different causes of vertigo—inner ear infections, circulatory disturbances in the brain and damage to nerves that are associated with hearing.

If you have symptoms of vertigo, be sure to go to the doctor so you can figure out what the trouble is. In some cases, the actual cause of vertigo is difficult to determine, which makes treatment tricky as well. Your doctor may prescribe medication. You may also want to explore acupuncture and t’ai chi.

Quit Smoking—Several Times?
What is the average number of times it takes people to quit smoking and stick with it?


This can sound discouraging for some people, but there’s a silver lining to this cloud. If you’ve tried to quit a few times, you can feel optimistic that the next time around will be your successful one. After all, seven is just the average number of times people take to quit. You may need fewer than that.

Consider talking with your doctor about the different ways to quit smoking. People who get advice from their healthcare providers tend to have a little more success at quitting than people who don’t.

Another good option is making a call to the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) toll free number—1-800-ACS-2345. The ACS representative can give you advice about quitting, joining quit smoking programs in your area and other helpful information.

Source: The American Cancer Society

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