November is American Diabetes Month

November 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing the condition. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes is a serious disease. 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 can help lower the risk of developing the condition altogether.

Here are some of the typical symptoms of diabetes:

•           Frequent urination

•           Feeling very thirsty or hungry

•           Extreme fatigue

•           Blurry vision

•           Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

•           Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)

•           Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

If you experience any of these symptoms, please see your medical provider.

Source: American Diabetes Foundation

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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