Dr. Erik Steele

    Diabetes: Are You At Risk?

    3/1/2011 12:00:00 AM

    Diabetes: Are You at Risk:
    Dr. Erik Steele
    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Diabetes means your blood sugar (glucose) is too high. How would you know? Are you often thirsty, hungry, or tired? Do you urinate often? Do you have sores that heal slowly, tingling in your feet, or blurry eyesight? Even without these signs, you could still have diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease. It can cause heart attack or stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet or legs. But diabetes can be controlled. You can reduce or avoid these health problems.
    Take the first step. Find out if you are at high risk by taking a quick diabetes risk assessment.

  • Diabetes: Are You At Risk? 03/01/2011

    Diabetes means your blood sugar (glucose) is too high. How would you know? Are you often thirsty, hungry, or tired? Do you urinate often? Do you have sores that heal slowly, tingling in your feet, or blurry eyesight? Even without these signs, you could still have diabetes. 

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