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Monitor warning signs to stay ahead of diabetes

Certified Diabetes Educator Martha Fuhrman suggested checking your risk for diabetes on Diabetes.org. (Katie Moeller/KRCG 13).

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and experts say watching for warning signs of Type 2 diabetes can help prevent dangerous complications from the disease.

In this week's Family First segment, KRCG 13 spoke with SSM Health Certified Diabetes Educator Martha Fuhrman about how to calculate your risk for diabetes.

She said the scary part about a diabetes diagnosis is that it can really sneak up on people. "Most of the people we work with don't have symptoms at all," she said. "Oftentimes, it's an incidental find on lab work at a physical."

But Fuhrman said getting diagnosed sooner rather later can be critical for those with Type 2 diabetes.

"The negative consequences of high blood sugar overtime are problems with eyes, kidneys, legs or the heart," she said "The earlier we catch it we may be able to slow down the progression, prevent some of the long term complications, minimize some of the risks for those long term complications."

Since Fuhrman said warning signs can be hard to catch, she suggests going to Diabetes.org and filling out a "Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test."

"Factors like age, weight, who you're related to, blood pressure, gender... men get one point that women don't get, ethnic background, those all count," she said.

All those factors can add up, and Fuhrman said if you score higher on the "Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test," you should talk to your doctor about being screened.

Watch KRCG 13 at 5 p.m. next Friday for our next Family First segment - we'll talk to a Certified Diabetes Educator about how to actually enjoy eating healthy if you have diabetes.

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