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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National diabetes awareness month – we have decided to put together some facts and early warning signs so that you can stay on top of your health! Approximately 1 out of every 11 Americans live with diabetes and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Type 1 diabetes

Often develops in youth and is caused by a shortage of insulin in the body. Diet and regular exercise along with insulin shots can help regulate this.

Type 2 diabetes

This is the most common form of diabetes and affects people of all ages, but is mostly found in adults and overweight people. A strict diet and regular physical activity is recommended to regulate type 2 diabetes.

Roughly 86 million Americans have high glucose levels, but not high enough to be defined as diabetes. These 86 million have what is known as pre-diabetes, HYPO or HYPER glycemia

 

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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is having a low blood glucose level. Everyone’s symptoms for hypoglycemia are different but the most common symptoms are: shakiness, anxiety, chills, irritability, numbness, headaches and unconsciousness. Controlling hypoglycemia is a matter of controlling your diet and balancing the amount of sugar intake and protein.

Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia is having a high blood glucose level. Symptoms for hyperglycemia include: dry mouth, increased thirst, frequent urination and high sugar levels in urine. Controlling hyperglycemia involves working closely with your Doctor, he or she may change when or how much medication or insulin you are taking and may recommend to eat smaller more frequent meals.

Warning signs of diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger after eating
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination or frequent UTIs
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches

If diabetes goes untreated it can lead to blindness, nerve damage, or kidney disease.



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