Austin family medicine diabetes hands 29 Million!!! That’s the number of known diabetics in the US in just released new medical data from 2012. Of course that means there are even more now in 2014. This same report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are another 89 million Americans at risk for developing full blown diabetes. Adding up all the associated health care costs and lost work and wages you reach the astounding amount of $245 billion in added financial burden to the United States.

We want to encourage you to be tested for diabetes because up to 50% of people with this serious problem don’t even know they are diabetic. We further encourage anyone over 40 years old, overweight, and who may have a family history of diabetes to be checked for both diabetes and the possibility of pre-diabetes. In most cases finding this condition early can allow correction through improved lifestyle and dietary change. The ultimate health consequences of diabetes are potentially very serious including , vision loss, nerve damage, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, kidney failure, and even the loss of limbs.

It’s best to test your blood after an overnight fast for best results. If you have risk factors for diabetes or haven’t been checked let us know the next time you are in the office. In the meantime, keep exercising and control your weight through careful attention to the amount of excess sugar and carbohydrates in your diet.