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Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians

Section Six - Protect Your Heart: Take Good Care of Your Diabetes for Life

Protect Your Heart: Take Good Care of Your Diabetes for Life
What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?
Do You Have Diabetes?
Sally's Family Plan To Prevent Diabetes
Take Action: Check the Steps You Will Take To Prevent or Control Diabetes

What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

People with type 2 diabetes may develop symptoms slowly or may not have symptoms at all.

Feeling tired Sores that do not heal
Often thirsty Very dry skin
Having to urinate often 'Pins and needles' feeling in the feet
Increased hunger Blurry vision
Unexplained weight loss Feeling irritable

What Is Prediabetes?

Sally: "The doctor told me that I have prediabetes. My fasting blood sugar was 120 mg/dL. I am also overweight. The news made me change my habits. I do not want to develop diabetes."

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to have diabetes. People with prediabetes are likely to develop diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you can take these steps to prevent diabetes:

  • Eat foods lower in fat and calories.
  • Aim for a healthy weight, and lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Be physically active on most days.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340
June 2008



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