10 Surprising Warning Signs of Diabetes

images“Don’t eat so many sweets, your teeth will rot out of your head!” I remember my mom telling me that growing up, but she never breathed a word about a worse offender: Diabetes.

Diabetes affects 26 million Americans according to the CDC, but worse: 79 million Americans are currently suffering from pre-diabetes (Metabolic Syndrome) and only 11% are aware that they have Pre-Diabetes.

But there is good news, Pre-Diabetes is reversible. Dr. Joseph Pinzone – an Endocrinologist, the CEO and Medical Director of Amai Clinic, and the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA – regularly treats pre-diabetic and diabetic patients.

The Amai Clinic is particularly apt at reversing diabetes, mainly due to the fact that Dr. Pinzone employs fitness trainers and a Registered Dietician on staff to work with all patients as a supplement to his medicinal interventions. Doctors nonchalantly “prescribing” diet and exercise is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

10 Surprising Warning Signs of Diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Persistent hunger, even after eating
  • A velvety darkening of skin which forms around your neck, under your arms, or in your groin
  • Frequent fatigue
  • Weight loss despite eating more food (Type 1)
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in your hands or feet (Type 2)
  • Erectile dysfunction issues
  • Blurred vision
  • Hearing impairment

10 Effective Ways to Prevent Diabetes:

  • Get your blood sugar checked regularly to see if you’re at pre-diabetic levels (101-125 mg/dL) or diabetic (>125 mg/dL)
  • Eat a balanced diet with mixtures of high-quality protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats in correct proportions
  • Maintain an ideal body weight
  • Workout with aerobic and weight-training exercise (doctor approved)
  • Take medications prescribed correctly for pre-diabetes or diabetes
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink coffee regularly
  • Check your blood pressure regularly
  • Make an appointment with a dietician to learn healthy eating habits
  • Visit Diabetes.org to learn about your risk factors, blood sugar and the disease itself

This guest blog post was written by Dr. Joseph Pinzone – an Endocrinologist, the CEO and Medical Director of Amai Clinic, and the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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