Pop Quiz

A stroke.  That’s only something your eighty-something-year-old neighbor might have, right?

Well, maybe not.

Stroke is a leading complication for people with diabetes.  In fact, 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from a stroke or heart attack. Pretty scary stuff.

May is Stroke Awareness Month, so let’s take a moment to test our knowledge on this very serious and potentially deadly diabetes complication. Think of it as your own diabetes final for the semester! (Answers are provided below the questions – no peeking!)

1) A stroke is when the blood supply is interrupted to a part of your:

a)      Kidney
b)      Lung
c)       Brain
d)      Ankle

2) The following is not a risk factor for a stroke:

a)      Diabetes
b)      High blood pressure
c)       Abnormal blood cholesterol levels
d)      Dry skin
e)      Smoking
f)       History – or family history – of mini strokes (also known as transient ischemic attacks)

3) True or False: If you have diabetes, there is nothing you can do to help prevent a stroke.

4) Name 3 warning signs of a stroke.

5) If you have warning signs of a stroke, you should:

a)      Call 911.
b)      Call 911.
c)       Call 911.
d)      All of the above

Ready to see how you did? Here are the answers to this pop quiz:

Answer #1:
c) Brain. When the blood supply is interrupted, brain tissue is damaged. The most common cause is a blocked blood vessel.

Answer #2:
d) Dry skin.  There are a lot of risk factors for stroke – some you can’t help (like family history), but others you can lower by making changes in your lifestyle (see Answer #3 below).

Answer #3:
False. You can lower your risk of stroke by:

Answer #4:
Typical warning signs of a stroke develop suddenly and can include:

  • Weakness or numbness on one side of your body
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • Trouble talking
  • Dizziness, loss of balance, or trouble walking
  • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Double vision
  • Severe headache

Answer #5:
Call 911 right away! Getting treatment can help prevent permanent damage to your brain.

You can learn more about strokes and how to prevent them on the American Diabetes Association’s website. Also, don’t forget to check out the article in the May 2011 issue of Diabetes Forecast about stroke.

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2 Responses to Pop Quiz

  1. Brenda Bateman says:

    I am a diabete and I just dont know how to eat and my feet hurt so much I want to walk but they just hurt all the time.Sometime I feel like I have it under control then other times I just feel so terrible.I just don’t understand this.Im trying to learn more about it my biggest thing is I dont know if I eat enough or when I do,do I eat the right things.And yes this scares me very much.My brother died with diabetes.One question why do I get so sick at my stomach? That goes on alot with me.Thank You very much.

  2. Thomas Bell says:

    I got a perfect score, but then, I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic for over 38 years, so I deal with this kind of information. Get tested.

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