6. Do you need a fasting blood sugar test?

You should have a fasting blood sugar test every three years to test for diabetes or pre-diabetes starting at age 45.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

You are at higher risk for diabetes if it runs in your family, or if you are African American, Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander. You may have a tendency towards diabetes if you have had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds.

If you have such a tendency, the following risk factors make you more likely to develop high blood sugar and diabetes:

  • obesity (being overweight)
  • older than 45
  • sedentary lifestyle (not exercising)
  • unhealthy diet.

By addressing these risk factors, you can delay or prevent the development of diabetes.

What can I do to reduce my risk?

Talk with your doctor about your risk factors. Although you may not be able to change all of them, you can make substantial changes to lower your risk of diabetes.

You can also learn more by calling the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-342-2383 or visiting their Web site at www.diabetes.org.

For additional information:

  • Discuss with your physician.
  • Contact Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900 toll-free, (920) 738-2230 in the Fox Cities, or (920) 231-6578 in Oshkosh.

From your Internet connection:

www.affinityhealth.org
then click on Health Resources
then click on Affinity's 22 Tips for Better Health

Or access the following links:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes.html

www.medlineplus.gov


Adapted from: American Diabetes Association  (ADA)
Reviewed: 1/07
Reviewer: rfc

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