November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. This is a disease you have to get taken care of early in order to live with it successfully. There are common symtoms you can look for to determine if you are at risk for Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association list some of the most common symtoms to look for.
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
When living with Diabetes, you have to make sure you have a good doctor and learn as much as you can to ensure you can stay as healthy as possible. Make sure you know how to check your blood sugar with the correct tools, take your medications as prescribed and work with your health care team to make sure you create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Diabetes affects many people, especially Black Americans because of our diet and lack of exercise. So get with your doctor if you are at risk and find out early so you can manage it without disrupting your lifestyle too much.
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Some information courtesy of American Diabetes Association