National Diabetes Month

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, and more diabetes cases are diagnosed in the winter months than any other time of the year. This month, I want to highlight information about diabetes signs, symptoms, and treatment. I want to raise awareness on diabetes since this disease is so prevalent. If you think you may have diabetes or if you have a family history of diabetes and are concerned, talk with your doctor to get a blood glucose screening. A simple test could save your life.  

Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • Increased thirst & frequent urination. As excess sugar builds up in your bloodstream, fluid is pulled from your tissues, leaving you thirsty. As a result, you may drink – and urinate – more than usual.
  • Extreme hunger. Without enough insulin to move sugar into your cells, your muscles and organs become depleted of energy. This triggers intense hunger that may persist even after you eat.
  • Weight loss. Despite eating more than usual to relieve your constant hunger, you may lose weight. Without the energy sugar supplies, your muscle tissues and fat stores may simply shrink.
  • Fatigue. If your cells are deprived of sugar, you may become tired and irritable.
  • Blurred vision. If your blood sugar level is too high, fluid may be pulled from your tissues, including the lenses of your eyes, affecting your ability to focus.
  • Slow-healing sores or frequent infections. Type 2 diabetes affects your ability to heal and fight infections.
  • Patches of dark, velvety skin. Some people who have type 2 diabetes have patches of dark, velvety skin in the folds and creases of their bodies – usually in the armpits and neck. This condition, called acanthosis nigricans, is a sign of insulin resistance.

Obtained from: www.MayoClinic.com