5.2 Million Americans Have Diabetes and Don’t Even Know it American Diabetes Services Discusses Signs and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

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According to the American Diabetes Association, 18.2 million Americans have diabetes. While an estimated 13 million diabetics have been diagnosed by their physicians, there is still a staggering 5.2 million Americans who have diabetes and don’t even know it. Because type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 95% of all diagnosed diabetes, the majority of undiagnosed diabetics have type 2 diabetes.

“More and more, there’s a need for Americans to be aware of the signs and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and to get tested to make sure they’re not walking around with diabetes,” said Bob Weinroth, President of American Diabetes Services “If diagnosed you may be eligible for free diabetic supplies through Medicare or private insurance.”

Signs that you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes:

Type 2 diabetes if left untreated can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and nerve damage. If you’re at risk for Type 2 diabetes, it’s important to get diagnosed and treated. There are several signs that indicate you may be at risk for Type 2 diabetes:

  • Age – Caucasian (over 40 years); Minority Groups (over 25 years)
  • Family History – Someone (mother, father or sibling) has Type 2 diabetes.
  • Heart Condition – Have ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease (problems with circulation, including heart attack or stroke) or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Nutrition – Poor nutrition. For example, a Lancet study found that Americans who eat fast food more than twice a week displayed signs of insulin resistance (a precursor to Type 2 diabetes)
  • Weight – Americans who are overweight or obese (more than 25 BMI)

What are the signs and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes?

Many of the symptoms related to Type 2 diabetes seem harmless; however, it’s important to note that early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease your chances of developing diabetic complications down the road. Here are some of the symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes:

  • Blurry vision
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Unusual weight loss

American Diabetes Association recommends that if you have one or more of these type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms to see your doctor right away. They also offer an Online Diabetes Risk Test, so that consumers can find out if they’re at risk for diabetes.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes:

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it’s important that you’re testing your blood sugar on a regular basis. There are many ways to test your blood sugar, you should discuss with your physician the different methods including standard blood sugar test, painless testing, and alternate site testing. Ordering these diabetic testing supplies is easy.

American Diabetes Services has helped thousands of diabetics with their testing needs. “Living with Type 2 diabetes is hard enough without having to worry about struggling with the insurance companies over the cost of diabetic testing supplies. American Diabetes is committed to providing the highest level of service and in many cases your diabetic supplies are free or almost free through Medicare or private insurance.” Explained American Diabetes Vice President Lorne Yaffe

About American Diabetes:

American Diabetes is one of the nation's leading mail-order distributors of brand name diabetic supplies delivered directly to the individual's home. American Diabetes provides personalized customer service and reduced expenses to those with diabetes, often diabetic testing supplies are delivered at no cost to the patient.

American Diabetes benefits include: free delivery directly to patient’s homes, no insurance paperwork to complete, no upfront costs or waiting weeks or months for reimbursement, diabetic supplies delivered at very low or no cost to you, supplier of all the leading national brands. Leading products include: One Touch Ultra, Accu-Chek Compact, and Abbott FreeStyle.

American Diabetes is a Medicare participating provider and specializes in providing supplies paid for by medicare and we accept Medicare assignment. In addition, we support Private Insurance, Major Medical and Group Health Insurance Plans; we accept most plans in all 50 states with the exception of HMO's.

To Request American Diabetes Services, and for information about our free diabetic supplies, complete a free online application at http://www.americandiabetes.com, or call toll free at 1-800-933-8085 to compete a free application over the phone. For information about the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes, please visit http://www.AmercianDiabetes.com.

Media Contacts: Jay Berkowitz, Ten Golden Rules, Ten Golden Rules, 561-716-1334 and Bob Weinroth, American Diabetes, http://www.americandiabetes.com, (561) 338-4900

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