Diabetes Awareness Month
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, an important time to boost awareness about the risk factors, symptoms, and types of diabetes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 34.2 million U.S. adults have diabetes, but one in five of them don’t know they have it. An additional 88 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes are at a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Awareness of diabetes symptoms and education on how to manage diabetes can help avoid possible complications.
Some possible signs of diabetes are:
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
- Sudden weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Increased hunger
- Areas of darkened skin
- Non-healing wounds
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor to be tested for diabetes.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you don’t have to let it get in the way of living a happy and healthy life. While there is no cure for diabetes, incorporating diet, lifestyle, and medications can make it possible to live a healthy life with diabetes. Some things to consider when it comes to managing your diabetes:
- Eat well: Consume more whole foods from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy sources of fat. Decrease added sugars and salt in your diet. It is also important to try to eat consistently throughout the day to best manage blood sugars
- Incorporate exercise: Physical activity is a great way to control diabetes and prevent the onset of diabetes. Aiming for 30 minutes a day, five days a week can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes and/or help manage blood sugars
- Take your medication: Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor
- Monitor your blood sugar: Tracking your food intake, exercise, medication management, and blood sugars can show you what affects your blood sugars
Our team of dietitians and nurses can provide education and counseling to help you manage diabetes. We offer one-on-one appointments and group classes, depending on your needs. We can also provide this education in Spanish and other languages. To see one of the diabetes educators at Community Hospital’s Diabetes Services, a physician’s referral is required to bill insurance. If you are interested in learning about insurance coverage, please call your specific plan’s member benefits number to find out about insurance coverage for diabetes.
Visit Don't Feed the Diabetes to learn more, and to measure your risk.
If you have questions, contact Diabetes and Nutrition Therapy at (831) 649-7220.