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Diabetes Alert

If you are a diabetic you should have your urine checked for a substance called microalbuminuria. This is a simple urine test to detect protein in your urine. If you have an excess amount, which is a complication of diabetes, this can be an indication that you have a kidney disease called diabetic nephropathy, and diabetic nephropathy can lead to kidney failure. If you do suffer from this condition, the American Diabetes Association, as well as most diabetic specialists, recommend that you be placed on a medication called an ACE inhibitor. If you have diabetes, this simple urine test is a must to help you prevent kidney disease and failure!

The Warning Signs Of Adult Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision or any change in sight
  • Tingling or numbness in legs, feet, or fingers
  • Slow healing of cuts (especially on the feet)
  • Frequent skin infections, itchy skin, and yeast infections

Risk Factors For Diabetes

  • People who are overweight
  • People with a family history of diabetes
  • People who are 40 and older
  • Hypertension
  • African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans
  • A cholesterol level of 240 or greater
  • A triglyceride level of 250 or greater
  • Women with a history of gestational diabetes
  • Women who have delivered babies greater than 9 lbs

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