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What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Diabetes?

Did you know that around 29.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes? And there are also around 8.1 million people living in the United States who might have diabetes or prediabetes and not even know it.

During American Diabetes Month this November, our team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont wants you to know the signs to watch out for when it comes to diabetes, as well as how you can prevent the disease.

What Happens If Diabetes Is Left Untreated?

When you have diabetes, it means that you have too much sugar in your blood. Too much blood sugar can affect every aspect of your health, leading to other health conditions such as kidney damage, eye damage, heart disease or stroke.

Therefore, it is extremely important for you to be able to recognize the symptoms of diabetes so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible.

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts and/or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet

Is It Possible to Prevent Diabetes?

Yes, in many cases it is possible. While some risk factors, like your age and family medical history, can't be changed, there are many risk factors where you can make a positive impact.

Living a healthy lifestyle is a key step in the right direction toward preventing diabetes and better health and wellness in general.

Ways to Prevent Diabetes

  • Exercise regularly, aiming for 30 minutes on most days.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Lose weight if you're overweight or obese.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Limit your intake of added sugars and saturated fats.
  • Get plenty of sleep.

Feeling fatigued and thirsty all the time? Visit AFC Urgent Care Airmonttoday for a medical evaluation and treatment plan. No appointment is necessary!