Medic Web TV

Shows downloadable movie of medical fratenity

More About Me...

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, nisl elit viverra sollicitudin phasellus eros, vitae a mollis. Congue sociis amet, fermentum lacinia sed, orci auctor in vitae amet enim. Ridiculus nullam proin vehicula nulla euismod id. Ac est facilisis eget, ligula lacinia, vitae sed lorem nunc. Orci at nulla risus ullamcorper arcu. Nunc integer ornare massa diam sollicitudin.

Another Tit-Bit...

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, nisl elit viverra sollicitudin phasellus eros, vitae a mollis. Congue sociis amet, fermentum lacinia sed, orci auctor in vitae amet enim. Ridiculus nullam proin vehicula nulla euismod id. Ac est facilisis eget, ligula lacinia, vitae sed lorem nunc.































Diabetes: How Do I Know If I Have It?

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your body doesn't make enough of a hormone called insulin, or if your body doesn't use insulin the right way. If left untreated, it may result in blindness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations. Only half of the people who have diabetes have been diagnosed, because in the early stages of diabetes there are few symptoms, or the symptoms may be the same as symptoms of other health conditions.
Return to top
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Early symptoms of diabetes may include the following:
Extreme thirst
Extreme hunger
Frequent urination
Sores or bruises that heal slowly
Dry, itchy skin
Unexplained weight loss
Blurry vision that changes from day to day
Unusual tiredness or drowsiness
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections
If you are regularly experiencing 1 or more of these symptoms, call your family doctor right away.
Return to top
Who is at risk for diabetes?
The early stages of diabetes have very few symptoms, so you may not know you have the disease. But damage may already be happening to your eyes, your kidneys and your cardiovascular system even before you notice symptoms. You are at risk for having diabetes if:
You're older than 45 years of age
You're overweight
You don't exercise regularly
Your parent, brother or sister has diabetes
You gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds or you had gestational diabetes while you were pregnant
You're African American, Hispanic American/Latino, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander
If you have 1 or more of these risk factors, your doctor may want you to be tested for diabetes. You might also be tested at a younger age and more often if you have risk factors. Talk to your doctor about your risk of developing diabetes and about a plan for regular testing.
Return to top
How will I be tested for diabetes?
Testing (also called "screening") is usually done with a fasting blood test. You'll be tested in the morning, so you shouldn't eat anything after dinner the night before. A normal blood sugar test result is below 110 mg per dL. A test result higher than 125 mg per dL suggests diabetes. However, you should have 2 tests that are higher than 125 mg per dL, on 2 different days, before a diagnosis of diabetes is made. Test results from 110 mg per dL to 125 mg per dL suggest that you have a higher risk of diabetes.
Return to top
Why is it important for diabetes to be diagnosed early?
Many people have diabetes for about 5 years before they show symptoms . By that time, some people already have eye, kidney, gum or nerve damage caused by diabetes. There's no cure for diabetes, but there are ways for you to stay healthy and reduce the risk of complications. If you exercise, watch your diet, control your weight and take the medicine your doctor may prescribe, you can make a big difference in reducing or preventing the damage that diabetes can do. The earlier you know you have diabetes, the sooner you can make these important lifestyle changes.
Return to top
Where can I get more information about diabetes?
Your family doctor can tell you how often you should be screened for diabetes. He or she can give you advice about diet and exercise, and tell you if you have the disease.
Return to top-->

Printer-friendly version
Email this page

Make text bigger
Spanish / EspaƱol-->
More Information
What Is Diabetes?
Am I At Risk?
Type 1 Diabetes
Impaired Fasting Glucose
Return to top
Other Organizations
American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)
Revolution Health Diabetes Community
Return to top
Written by editorial staff.
Diagnosis and Classification of Diabetes Mellitus: New Criteria by Jennifer Mayfield, M.D., M.P.H (American Family Physician October 8, 1998,
Reviewed/Updated: 11/06Created: 09/00

Now all the medical personnel can download the movie or animated picture for thier interacitive presentation