What Are the Early Signs of Diabetes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million Americans are now living with diabetes or prediabetes. Are you one of them?
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Levittown is here to offer you tips on how you can recognize the signs of diabetes, as well as what you can do to prevent diabetes from occurring.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar levels are too high. If you have Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, which helps control glucose.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t process blood sugar appropriately. Regardless of the type you have, you may experience a variety of symptoms if blood sugar is too high.
Symptoms of Diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Always feeling hungry
- Blurry vision
- Slow healing cuts and wounds
- Tingling, numbness or pain in the hands or feet
- Patches of dark skin
What Can I Do to Lower My Risk of Diabetes?
While diabetes is becoming increasingly common in the United States, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable with healthy lifestyle habits.
Ways to Prevent Diabetes
- Avoid added sugar in your diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Quit smoking.
- Watch portion sizes.
- Eat a balanced diet full of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein.
Think you may be at risk of diabetes? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Levittown today for a medical evaluation.