Congressman Tom Reed Lends Voice to Diabetes Alert Day
Noting that Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 79 million have prediabetes and are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, Congressman Tom Reed is urging people to be aware of the risk factors for this disease.
“One third of our population is at risk for developing diabetes,” Reed said. “Early diagnosis is critical in preventing the debilitating complications of this disease and I urge people to assess their diabetes risk with their health care provider.”
The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. The symptoms of diabetes can include frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue and irritability, frequent infections, blurred vision, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, and recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections.
One way people can assess their risk is to visit www.stopdiabetes.org, the website of the American Diabetes Association and take a simple question and answer test.
“I urge anyone who is at high risk or who experiences diabetes symptoms to discuss them with their doctor without delay,” Reed said. “Diabetes is a serious, potentially debilitating disease, and early intervention is the key to treatment.”