If you’re African American, you should know that your diabetes risk is higher than a Caucasian person’s risk. There are a lot of complications and other health problems that can be caused by – and come along with – diabetes.
Fortunately, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk of complications like blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputation, and nerve damage. If you get tested and are found to have diabetes, there are ways you can manage the disease, and good management leads to a strong reduction in problems associated with diabetes. You shouldn’t panic if your African American. It doesn’t mean that you’ll develop diabetes. But because your risk is higher you should know the facts, learn about the possibilities, and make sure that you see your doctor on a regular basis to be tested for diabetes.
Catching it early and dealing with it then is much, much easier and better for you in the long run than waiting until you already have problems with it, some of which might not be so easily fixed.