Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blurry, Tired, Hungry, Tingly......

These symptoms could indicate Type 2 Diabetes.

Today we are continuing with Dr. Jamie McManus' letter on modifiable risk factors to reduce the risk of heart disease.  Do these describe you?  Read what can happen if left untreated and make changes.  If weight loss is indicated, follow for my journey.

To Your Health,

Modifiable Risk Factor 4:  Having Type 2 Diabetes…This is a serious and increasingly common disease in which the body doesn’t properly use insulin, the hormone produced by the pancreas that is responsible for transporting sugar in the blood into cells of the body where it can be metabolized.  Left untreated, blood sugar levels increase and will damage blood vessels, thus increasing the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  Being overweight and sedentary are two big risk factors for developing Type 2 Diabetes, and once again, modest weight loss can help prevent diabetes from developing in the first place.  If you already have diabetes, weight loss, improvements in your diet and the addition of fiber can help to naturally improve your blood sugar control.  Regular visits to your health care provider are critical if you already have diabetes.  If you have a family member with diabetes or you are overweight, have your doctor screen you for diabetes, which can often be without symptoms until it is advanced.

To Be Continued.....

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP

Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education
Shaklee Corporation

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