Seven Symptoms of Diabetes Everyone Should Know
With the holiday season only a few weeks away, family and friends are making plans to gather around large celebratory meals and delicious treats – some of which may only offer high-sugar, unhealthy options. It’s only appropriate, then, that November is American Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness about the symptoms of this serious condition. More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes — including those who are diagnosed and those who are unaware that they are diabetic.
The statistics are startling, especially considering that certain cases of diabetes could be prevented through education, proper diet, exercise and medication. In honor of American Diabetes Month, Pacific Family Practice has outlined seven symptoms of diabetes everyone of all ages should be aware of.
Please contact your provider at Pacific Family Practice if you believe you are experiencing any symptoms of diabetes.
Symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes:
- Frequent urination
- Feeling very thirsty or hungry, even when hydrated or after a meal
- Blurred vision
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- Frequent, severe fatigue
- Pain, numbness or a tingling sensation in your hands or feet (common with Type 2)
- Weight loss (common with Type 1)
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in American men, women and children. Diabetes can be diagnosed by a primary care provider through a simple blood test. Early detection is critically important because it can allow for proper diagnosis and treatment of existing symptoms to prevent the serious complications that can arise from untreated diabetes.
Certain individuals are more at risk for developing diabetes, and your risk can depend on a range of factors from family medical history to weight. For Type 1 diabetes, you are more at risk of developing the condition if you have family members with diabetes or a disease or infection of the pancreas. For Type 2 diabetes, your risk increases if you are aged 45 or older, are obese, are inactive, have high blood pressure, are of a certain ethnic background (African-Americas, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Americans or Pacific Islanders are of higher risk), or have a family history of the disease.
Pacific Family Practice encourages patients of all ages to review the above symptoms with care and reach out to our office with any questions or concerns about diabetes.