The Dangers of Diabetes

Are you at risk for developing diabetes? Some have called it an epidemic and with the growing number of people who are being diagnosed it can definitely be considered one. We are talking about diabetes, a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.

Lifestyle changes such as exercise (including both strength training and cardiovascular exercise) can help relieve many of the harsh symptoms of this disease.  If you think you might be a risk for getting diabetes, here are some of the complications that can become life-threatening, according to the American Diabetes Association:

  *Eye Complications: People with diabetes are at risk for developing glaucoma, cataracts and other eye problems. Make sure you get regular checkups to ensure your vision is doing well.
*Foot Complications: Neuropathy (which can cause numbness in the feet) as well as other complications can arise from diabetes.
*Skin Complications: Stay alert for symptoms of skin infections and other skin disorders common in people with diabetes.
*High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): High blood pressure—also called hypertension—raises your risk for heart attack, stroke, eye problems, and kidney disease.
*Hearing Loss: Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns.

  Diabetes is a serious health problem and you should consult your doctor if you have suspicious symptoms that can indicate one of the problems above. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating healthy in order to ensure you are out of danger this terrible disease. Try hiring a health coach or personal trainer.

For more information on how to avoid getting diabetes, contact Maurie Cofman, AHFS, CES, TBMM-CES, Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist in the St. Louis, Brentwood, and Clayton, MO area.