November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is a serious disease. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If it isn’t managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications.
Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless.
Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes. Here are symptoms to look for:
Type 1 Diabetes (diagnosed in children and young adults): Frequent urination; unusual thirst; extreme hunger; unusual weight loss; extreme fatigue and Irritability
Type 2 Diabetes: Any of the type 1 symptoms; frequent infections; blurred vision; cuts/bruises that are slow to heal; tingling/numbness in the hands/feet; recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
Gestational Diabetes (pregnancy induced): Frequent urination; unusual thirst; extreme hunger; unusual weight loss; extreme fatigue and Irritability
If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see your doctor right away.
Peace in Christ,
~Beth Olejniczak RN, PN