Endocrinologist Dr. Kelly Wood Discusses Key Risk Factors for Diabetes
Kelly N. Wood, M.D.
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Millions of people have diabetes and don't know it because symptoms develop so gradually, people often don't recognize them. According to the American Diabetes Association, the following symptoms are some signs that warrant a visit to the doctor:
- Unusual thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Extreme fatigue
- Frequent infections
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
"Obesity, genetics and lifestyle all play a key role in risk for diabetes," said Dr. Kelly Wood, an endocrinology specialist and physician member of the Western Connecticut Medical Group. Your doctor can help determine if you are at risk for diabetes, and specifically to assess whether you have 'pre-diabetes' or 'metabolic syndrome.' "Metabolic syndrome is not a disease in itself, but a group of risk factors that include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat," said Dr. Wood. "Obviously, having any one of these risk factors isn't good," said Dr. Kelly Wood. But when they're combined, they set the stage for more serious problems, including diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. While metabolic syndrome has become more common, it can be controlled, largely with changes to your lifestyle.
Changing your lifestyle can significantly delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes. Dr. Wood said "those changes can include losing a moderate amount of weight (5 to 10 percent of your body weight – about 8 to 16 pounds for a 160-pound woman), getting regular exercise (about 30 minutes daily), and eating healthy meals."
"Quitting smoking, drinking alcohol only moderately (if you drink already), and reducing stress also help keep your blood glucose levels under control," added Dr. Kelly Wood. "Treatment for pre-diabetes should focus on maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, staying active, and monitoring the situation with regular primary care."
For more information regarding diabetes and diabetes education programs and services available through Western Connecticut Health Network, go to Western Connecticut Medical Group, or to find an endocrinologist in your area call 1-800-516-4743.
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