Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it is not controlled. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that is more than 30 million people! Another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley is proudly participating in American Diabetes Month.
Common symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, urinating often, feeling hungry even when you are eating, feeling very tired, blurry vision and tingling, or numbness in your hands or feet. If you are having any of these symptoms talk to your doctor.
Depending on your age, weight, and other factors, you may be at higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in which your body does not use insulin properly. The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk.
To help prevent type 2 diabetes:
Watch your weight
Eat a healthy diet
Get more physical activity
See your doctor regularly
Know your numbers: blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol for good health.
Visit the American Diabetes Association