November is here, which means that Diabetes Awareness month is here as well. At AFC Urgent Care West Hartford, we strongly encourage you to educate yourselves on the signs and symptoms of diabetes.
Diabetes is a growing epidemic, especially here in the U.S. It threatens the lives of more and more people each year. In the U.S alone, over 25 million people are living with diabetes according to the CDC, and it is estimated that of those 25 million, approximately half of them are completely unaware of their condition. Sadly, on average, a person with the disease, if not managed well, will die 10 to 15 years sooner than a person without diabetes.
The advancement of diabetes can be avoided if found and treated in the early stages. A large amount of the treatment for diabetes simply involves minor changes in daily routines and healthy life habits. Changes in day-to-day routines such as eating well, exercising, not smoking, and limited alcohol consumption, can all help to ease the effects of diabetes. Customarily, in addition to a healthier lifestyle, an oral medication in necessary in order to control the body’s insulin levels.
If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms listed below, we advise that you consult with one of our doctors or see your primary care doctor for a diabetes screening. Early detection and proper treatment can prevent the symptoms from manifesting into more aggressive, sometimes life threatening, medical complications
Prevalent Symptoms of Diabetes:
- Weight loss (despite a proper diet),
- Incessant thirst,
- Blurry vision,
- Frequent urination,
- Nerve pain or numbness in hands and or feet.
If not managed early on, complications often form, and may include: severe kidney problems potentially requiring dialysis, premature heart attacks or strokes, amputation caused by the infections of minor cuts, or serious nerve damage that can also lead to the amputation of the affected limb.
Once again, we are currently in the midst if you have reason to suspect you might have diabetes, that you come see us at Doctors express or go see your primary doctor where a proper screening, usually, an A1C test can be performed.
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