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Are You Becoming a Diabetic?

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It may take 15 years of insulin resistance for diabetes to develop. The in-between state has many names, including Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome and prediabetes syndrome. It's a condition that's estimated to affect 15 million Americans -- and most of them don't even know they have it.

Full-blown diabetes is easy to spot:

  • Frequent, uncontrollable urges to urinate
  • Virtually unquenchable thirst
  • Numbness in your hands and feet

But the symptoms leading to the disease are harder to pinpoint and ignorance could mean amputation or death.

Four Warning Signs No One Should Ignore

Diabetes monster

1.  You feel sleepy right after a meal.
If your body can't process all the sugar, it will pull energy from other systems of your body, draining energy.

2.  Your vision has become a little blurry.
Too much sugar can cause your eye lenses to stretch, causing blurred vision.

3.  Your blood pressure is higher than usual.
Higher-than-normal blood-pressure levels are related to insulin resistance.

4.  Your breath smells like nail-polish remover.
Without enough insulin to turn carbohydrates into energy, your liver will begin to break down fat for fuel. "Acetone breath" is one byproduct of fat combustion.

Occasional eyestrain after reading or post-dinner tiredness can be expected, but if these symptoms become chronic, talk to your doctor for sure.

Say "When" to Block Diabetes

Guys, watch out for a new diabetes risk factor: Heavy drinking. Research now shows that men who have just two drinks of hard liquor a day are 80 percent more likely to develop diabetes. Women's drinking doesn't seem to affect their diabetes risk (though more than one drink a day for women increases breast cancer risk).

Tip: Get "smashed" with nonalcoholic, ultrapeppery Spicy Tomato Smash from EIEIO. It is available at natural foods stores. It is a fun drink -- with no booze.

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