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Risk Factors

Risk factors for developing diabetes are:
  • Family history (mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt or uncle)
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being over the age of 45
  • Being a person of color (American Indian, Hispanic, African American, Asian)
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having high cholesterol

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme tiredness or weakness
  • Slow healing wounds or infections
  • Pain, tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Blurry vision
  • Unexplained weight loss

Additional risk factors for women:

  • Giving birth to a baby over 9 pounds
  • having diabetes during pregnancy

Diabetes is diagnosed through a blood test. A fasting test means you have not had anything to eat or drink for 8 hours before the test. A random blood test can be done at any time, whether you have had food or drink.

Normal blood glucose: Fasting blood glucose between 70-99 mg/dL
Pre-diabetes: Fasting blood glucose between 100-125 mg/dL
Diabetes: Fasting blood glucose of 126 mg/dL or higher or
Random blood glucose over 200 mg/dL

There is no cure for diabetes. Healthy eating, physical activity and medication can control diabetes.

Free diabetes Risk Assessments are offered at the DAGC offices every Tuesday morning from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. A parent or legal guardian must accompany minor children (under the age of 18) to sign a consent form before a risk assessment can be performed.

Are You at Risk?

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