November Is American Diabetes Month: Know Your Risk Factors For Developing Diabetes

November 7, 2022

AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is here to talk about American Diabetes month and ways to prevent developing diabetes

November is American Diabetes month, and we want everyone to know the signs and symptoms so that they can prevent it. Diabetes continues to affect millions of people, and there are also millions of people who are not aware that they are borderline diabetic. Being prediabetic puts you at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. So, let’s try and prevent it. 

While we should consider getting screened for diabetes all year long, AFC Urgent Care Norwalk encourages everyone to read up on diabetes and to get their blood sugar levels checked at least once per year. The numbers are on the rise and you could easily become a statistic next year if you don’t get tested for it. Let’s not get to that point. Here’s what you should know:

Cases Of Diabetes Have Grown Since 2019

The numbers don’t lie,  and every year there is always updated information on the disease and people affected by diabetes and its different types. A study on Diabetes in the United States from the CDC show that:

  • Approximately 37 million people have diabetes

  • In 2019, it was reported that 96 million adults aged 18 years or older reported have prediabetes (This is about one third of the U.S Population)

  • 23.1 million adults aged 65 years or older have prediabetes

Looking at these numbers can be alarming (!),  especially when we consider the population who have prediabetes. This might be you or a loved one! 

People with prediabetes often have elevated blood sugar levels, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. You or your loved ones may fit that population of being prediabetic and therefore it is important to get your blood sugar levels checked regularly as diabetes can affect anyone at any age. 

What are the signs of early onset diabetes?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you may be at risk for developing prediabetes or full blown Type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Unexplained weight loss

Risks for diabetes

  • Have prediabetes
  • Are overweight
  • Are 45 years or older
  • Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Have ever had gestational diabetes or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
  • Have high blood pressure or take medicine for high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol blood levels

Don’t leave diabetes unmanaged!

This year's National Diabetes Awareness Month's main focus is on the link between the disease and cardiovascular disease. Having diabetes raises your risk for developing other dangerous conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke 
  • Kidney disease 
  • Nerve damage
  • Eye problems

Your lifestyle can say a lot about your physical health. If you also smoke you’re increasing your risk of developing one or more of these other health complications. This is because smoking narrows blood vessels, which makes it harder for your heart to function as it should. 

You might be at risk for diabetes if you’re pregnant!

Gestational Diabetes can affect both the mother and child during and after pregnancy. During the final trimester a woman is at risk of developing gestational diabetes due to an increase in hormones. It’s important during this time to make sure you protect your newborn from developing diabetes by managing it with a doctor beforehand. If you do get gestational diabetes you still have a chance to prevent yourself from developing type 2 diabetes down the road. In addition, protecting your child now will prevent them from developing diabetes early on in their lives as well.

Get your blood sugar levels checked at AFC Urgent Care Norwalk

In light of Diabetes awareness month, AFC Urgent Care Norwalk encourages everyone to get their blood sugar levels checked for diabetes.

AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is open 7 days a week with extended hours on the weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm and we have weekend hours from 8 am to 5 pm. You can walk-in or make an appointment online today. We also accept most insurances.

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