That is tough to say, but the fact remains that diabetes is a very common disease in the US. It affects nearly 11% of the U.S. population!
With March being American Diabetes Alert Month, it’s important to know what diabetes is and how you can avoid it. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. further explains.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way the body regulates glucose, which is your body’s blood sugar. Glucose is important because it is the fuel that feeds your body’s cells, but it needs insulin to enter those cells.
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. With Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce insulin. On the flip side, those with Type 2 diabetes don’t respond to insulin as well as they should and usually don’t produce enough insulin later on. We’ve listed some common diabetes symptoms below.
Common Diabetes Symptoms
- Increased thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Increased hunger
- Excessive fatigue
- Excessive urination—especially during the evening
- Blurry vision
How Can I Get Diabetes?
The exact causes of diabetes are still unknown, but experts say things like family history, obesity and lack of exercise are some of the biggest risk factors.
While there’s really no escaping your family history, healthy lifestyle changes go a long way in lowering your risk of diabetes. We’ve listed some more healthy lifestyle changes you can make to increase your chances of staying healthy.
Ways to Lower Diabetes Risk
- Eat a high-fiber diet.
- Lose weight if you’re overweight or obese.
- Exercise regularly.
- Drink lots of water.
- Quit or refrain from smoking.
- Avoid a sedentary lifestyle.
If you have experienced any of the above-mentioned symptoms, don’t wait to talk to one of our medical professionals at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Avenue! Our team is here for you now and always, so don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or general health concerns.