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Risk Assessment

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is caused by the reduction or a lack of insulin in the body. This lack of insulin causes a buildup of sugar in the blood vessels that can affect the heart, feet, eyes, and other parts of the body. Diabetes is often coupled with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Could You Develop Diabetes?

If you think you may have diabetes, look at the list of the symptoms and risk factors below. If you have several of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to obtain an official diagnosis.

Risk Factors

Many people are at risk for diabetes because of heredity alone. However, there are other factors that may put you at a higher risk for diabetes. Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Family history
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inactivity
  • Obesity

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Fatigue
  • Frequent thirst
  • Frequent urination

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Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

While diabetes cannot be completely prevented, you can reduce your chances of developing the disease through these small lifestyle adjustments:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise
  • Follow a proper diet