Could you have diabetes and not know it?

Absolutely yes!  Let’s hope not, but diabetes is increased in people who are overweight and obese.  It generally doesn’t have symptoms at first, but as blood sugar levels build up, they damage blood vessels – think heart attack, stroke, impotence, kidney failure and dialysis, impotence…

Some estimate that half of diabetic people don’t even know they have it.  Your doctor can test for it by measuring your fasting blood sugar, or more accurately by measuring your hemoglobinA1c (a long term indicator of average blood sugar (glucose) level) or serial sugar levels after a sugar load (glucose tolerance test).

But remember:  Exercise reduces risk of diabetes, even if you’re obese.

Recent news and scientific articles highlight a number of points.

Diabetes is an exploding epidemic in Asia (and Asian Americans).  Women who have gestational diabetes (during pregnancy) may get better after birth, but they’re more likely to return to be diabetic later in life than other moms.

Diabetic patients who see their doctors more often have better control of their diabetes, hopefully reducing blood vessel damage and complications.

Diabetes Puts People at Risk for Dementia.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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