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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November 8, 2011

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both.” While
there is no cure for diabetes, it can be controlled and awareness is key.

November has been designated by the American Diabetes Association as National Diabetes Month. The American Diabetes Association hopes that you will take time during the month of November to learn more about diabetes and how it can affect you or a loved one.

There are several types of diabetes including Type 1 (Juvenile Onset), Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes. People with Type 1 must have insulin delivered by injection or by a pump. Type 2 diabetes can often be controlled simply by watching your diet and getting the proper amount of exercise. Gestational diabetes is a form of glucose intolerance diagnosed during pregnancy.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million adults and children in America are living with diabetes. The Association reports that 79 million are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes.
“Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined,” according to the CDC. Unless diabetes is stopped, or slowed down, it is estimated that 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes in the year 2050.

Many American’s do not realize the effects and consequences diabetes can have. 8.3% of the population has diabetes and another 7 million have diabetes but do not know it. Two out of three people with diabetes will die of heart disease or stroke, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, the rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than that for people without diabetes, and diabetes is now the leading cause of blindness among adults according the American Diabetes Association.

The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes includes (but are not limited to):

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability

Some people with Type 2 diabetes never have symptoms.However, some people do experience symptoms. The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include:

  • All the symptoms of Type 1
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands and feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

Consider taking time this month to learn about the diabetes epidemic and what you can do to help. If you want to learn more, or think you may have diabetes, please make an appointment with your doctor.

Thank you for reading!

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