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June 25, 2017  
REFERENCE: Ask an Expert

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Question:
I am a male, 29 years old. No known health problems. Diabetes runs in my family at an older age but I feel because I have put on a lot of weight and I work in a high stress job that I might have it. My skin in my extremities itches and my fingers and toes are sometimes numb if I sit in one position for any lenth of time. Could you tell me what symptoms I should be really looking for? Thank you

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Dr. Swanson
Terry Swanson Terry Swanson is a Wound Management Consultant at South West Healthcare, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. Terry completed her nursing in Springfield, Illinois and was a Neurosurgical nurse before immigrating to Australia in 1988. She developed an interest in perioperative nursing and wound management in the early 90’s. Terry completed her post-graduate education in 1996 and was appointed as a wound management consultant in 1997 at South West Healthcare. She manages a nurse-led regional and outpatient wound management service. Terry was a successful candidate for the Nurse Practitioner Victorian Project in 1999/2000 and will be seeking endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner (Wound Management) in 2001. Terry is active professionally by participating on various state and national committees. She is the Vice President of the Australian Wound Management Association, as well as the immediate past president of the Victorian Wound Management Association.

Terry is currently undertaking study at the University of South Australia, completing a Masters level advanced pharmacology course. Her professional interests include education, mentoring, lecturing, and advocating for nursing and patient's rights.



Answer:
It would be my recommendation that you seek advice from your doctor. You do have a few risk factors and diagnosing Diabetes is relatively simple. Exercise will help your weight and your stress levels. Terry Swanson RN WMC

   
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