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When To Get Tested For Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes happens when a person's body either can't make enough insulin to keep up with the body's needs or can't use the insulin it makes in the right way. Insulin helps your body turn sugar into energy. It also helps your body store sugar in your muscles, fat, and liver so it can be used later when you need it. Without insulin, your body can't use or store sugar for energy. Instead, the sugar stays in your blood. This leads to high blood sugar levels, putting you at risk for other serious health problems. Symptoms Some symptoms of type 2 diabetes, caused by having high blood sugar, are: Feeling more tired than usual Urinating more often Extreme thirst or dehydration More infections than normal Wounds that don't heal Dry, itchy skin Numbness or tingling in hands or feet Blurred eyesight Problems having sex Make an appointment to see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Risk Factors Even if you don't have signs of diabetes, talk to your doctor about being tested for type 2 diabetes if you have any of the following risk factors: BMI: Overweight with a BMI (Body Mass Index) higher than 25 Age: Over the age of 45 Family heritage: African-American, Hispanic, Native Amer Continue reading >>

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  1. redsack10

    where to get diabetes testing with no insurance

    I am a 33 year old male. I currently think I may have diabetes but I have no insurance and am having problems findiing a testing site. I am currently layed off so I have no benefits. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can go. My symptoms are getting to the point where I feel I will pass out. I spend most of my time in the bathroom. Someone Please Help

  2. jwags

    You can get a cheap meter and strips at Walmart. Test your bg when you wake up after fasting overnight. If it is above 100 you need to see a doctor. I know the Cleveland Clinic has programs to help you with medical bills if you are uninsured. I'm not sure where you are but you could give them a call and ask. Also those minute clinics at CVS can do some very basic tests but eventually if you have diabetes you will have to be under a doctors care. In the Introduction forum section , David has put together some resources for uninsured and gives you lots of links. Hope you find some help.

  3. datty

    Self-diagnosis with a cheap meter is one thing but if you are indeed diabetic and experiencing severe symptoms then as Jeanne says you need to be under the care of a doctor anyway who can arrange the proper tests and prescribe medication, etc. I hope you can find one in your area.

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