CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
Could you have diabetes? It may seem surprising, but 26 million Americans have diabetes. Many of them don’t know it. Don’t be one of them—take the test and know your score. Diabetes is a silent disease. You can have it for years and not know it.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes means that your blood sugar is too high. Your blood always has some sugar in it because the body needs sugar for energy to keep you going. But too much sugar in the blood is not good for your health.
Who is at Risk for Diabetes?
Your risk for diabetes increases as you get older, gain too much weight, or if you do not stay physically active. Diabetes is more common in African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
Risk factors for diabetes include:
Don’t Wait for Signs
Most people with diabetes do not notice any symptoms. However, if you have any of these symptoms, call your health care provider right away:
What Can You Do?
You can do things now to lower your risk for diabetes by:
For more information about diabetes, please call 203-852-2181 to speak with one of our certified diabetes educators.