Could you be at risk for Type II Diabetes?

Agnesian HealthCare Work and Wellness

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year... Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rates from Diabetes mellitus by country (per 100,000 inhabitants). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Written by: Tara Schmitz, Agnesian Work & Wellness - Wellness Coordinator

Diabetes contributes to over 230,000 deaths in the United States per year, and yet many people are not aware they have the disease or may have risk factors associated with it. Risk factors increase a person’s risk for developing pre-diabetes and eventually type 2 diabetes.  Risk factors such as family history, race, and age are non-modifiable risks.  Others risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity is modifiable and can be changed to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes:

  • Increased urination and or excessive thirst
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Excessive hunger
  • Slow healing
  • Dry mouth or itchy skin
  • Blurred vision
These signs and symptoms can often times be mild or absent in people with type 2 diabetes making it more difficult to detect. It is important to know what risk factors you may have as an additional way to detect type 2 diabetes.  If you notice any possible diabetes signs or symptoms or have an increased risk due to modifiable or non-modifiable risk factors talk with your primary care provider. Diabetes is a serious condition, but with early treatment and modifiable lifestyle changes you can live an active, healthy life.

Coming Soon: Agnesian HealthCare will be offering a Diabetes Prevention Program in the near future. For more information, please contact Tara Schmitz Agnesian Work & Wellness - Wellness Coordinator at

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