Medical malpractice can happen in many forms. As of 2020, the CDC reported that 30.3 million people have diabetes. 7.2 million, or 24% of these people, don’t receive a diagnosis. Instead of doctors diagnosing them with diabetes, they attribute their symptoms to the flu, asthma, sinus conditions, or conditions that aren’t as severe. Even the slightest delay of this type of diagnosis can result in serious complications. If you believe that your loved one suffered from a delayed diagnosis, call The Snyder Law Group today! Let’s delve into more about what diabetes is and why medical malpractice is so damaging regarding diabetes.
When we eat food, most of it turns into glucose, or sugar that our bodies use for energy. The pancreas, a critical part of the endocrine or digestive system, creates a hormone called insulin which allows glucose to filter through our bodies. Diabetes is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body can’t correctly metabolize glucose because the body doesn’t make enough insulin. As a result, this leads to excessive levels of glucose in the bloodstream.
If left untreated, this condition can cause kidney failure, heart disease, kidney failure, and neuropathy, or even amputations, primarily of the feet or legs. For this reason, diagnosing this condition in a timely fashion is vital. Type 1 diabetes occurs in 5-10% of the U.S. population, and genetics typically play a significant role. Type 2 diabetes is more common and comes from several factors such as old age, obesity, and lack of physical activity.
You must recognize the symptoms of diabetes in case medical malpractice ever happens. If you suspect that your loved one’s diagnosis is incorrect, you’ll feel more confident in building a case once you recognize the signs, which include:
- Sudden Weight Loss
- Dry Skin
- Extreme Hunger or Thirst
- Frequent Urination
- Infections Occurring Repeatedly
- Poor Vision
Unfortunately, doctors ended up misdiagnosing or delaying the diagnosis of diabetes because a lot of these symptoms share characteristics of the flu, pancreatitis, asthma, and sinus and viral infections. Also, hunger, thirst, and dry skin are so common that sadly, some people with diabetes never get diagnosed.
How Doctors Diagnosis Diabetes
What’s frustrating about this type of medical malpractice is that diagnosis diabetes isn’t complicated whatsoever. If a doctor examines a person’s family history of diabetes, weight, age, and symptoms and suspects a person has diabetes, they order a urine test. If the urine has high glucose levels, all it takes is a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. The process is straightforward, yet the #1 behind this delayed diagnosis is merely failing to order the appropriate tests.
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