In 2017, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported that over 100 million US adults live with diabetes or prediabetes. Regardless of the type of diabetes, there is no known cure for this disease. However, diabetes is not only treatable, but it is also preventable.
What is Diabetes?
Sugar is an important carbohydrate that fuels our bodies. However, too much sugar circulating in your bloodstream will result in diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes
The following symptoms are the most common indicators of diabetes:
- Feeling very thirsty
- Extreme hunger
- Urinating often
- Blurred vision
- Excessive fatigue
- Cuts & bruises that are slow to heal
- Increased thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet
How to Prevent Diabetes
Although there are certain factors you cannot change, like genes, age, or past behaviors, there are numerous actions you can take to reduce the risk of diabetes. The CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. says “More than a third of U.S. adults have prediabetes, and the majority don’t know it. Now, more than ever, we must step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease.” Embracing a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Here are a few tips to reduce your risk:
- Follow a healthy eating plan
- Work out regularly
- Don’t smoke
- Avoid sugary drinks
- Lose weight if you’re overweight
- Eat high-fiber food
With the proper diet and exercise, diabetes can be prevented to control blood sugar levels. People with diabetes have an increased risk of serious health complications.
Symptoms of diabetes are often subtle. If you are experiencing any signs of diabetes, visit A&C Urgent Care to take a simple blood test to determine whether or not you have diabetes.
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