Diabetes: Are you at risk?
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 7 million people in the United States have undiagnosed diabetes. But according to Dr. Tiffany Morton, if we are vigilant and diagnose diabetes early, we can reduce complications in our future.
“Without control and management, undiagnosed diabetes puts us at a high risk for blindness, heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, limb amputation or even kidney failure,” Morton, an endocrinologist with Summit Endocrinology, explained.
According to Morton people with risk factors for Type II diabetes should talk to their doctor.
“If we catch diabetes early, an Endocrinologist can work with you to manage the disease, and help avoid those complications,” Morton said.
An endocrinologist specializes in the treatment of disorders of the body’s hormonal system – including diabetes.
So, what are the risk factors for Type II diabetes? Morton listed:
- A family history of Type II diabetes
- Poor eating habits
- Sedentary lifestyle – not active
- High blood pressure
- History of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
- Over the age of 40
“So, if you have any of these risk factors, please talk to your doctor,” she encouraged. “There are things we can do to help.”
Morton said we can modify our risk factors by eating healthier, increasing our activity levels and losing weight, if necessary.
According to Morton, the team at Summit Endocrinology can help manage all aspects of diabetes – including prevention of complications, self-management, and prescriptions.
The practice, located at 757 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, also offers on-site diabetes education and nutrition counseling. Call (717) 217-6820 to make an appointment.
Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.
As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.