American Diabetes Month: Raising Awareness, Recognizing Signs, and Preventing Diabetes

November 6, 2023

In a perfect world, everyone would be well-informed about the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and actively work to reduce it. However, the reality is different. The United States is seeing an alarming rise in the number of people with type 2 diabetes, accompanied by soaring obesity rates. Therefore, November is designated as American Diabetes Month, just before the holiday season begins, to emphasize the importance of diabetes screenings and routine A1C tests for preventing this condition. The diagnoses of diabetes and prediabetes keep increasing each year. 

To help you live a healthy life, AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill has  put together a guide on diabetes awareness and prevention.

Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes

Two primary types of diabetes exist: type 1 and type 2. While they manifest with different symptoms, both share a common cause—a reduced ability to produce insulin. Your diagnosis, whether type 1 or type 2 diabetes, depends on your symptoms.

  • Type 1 Diabetes: This is an autoimmune condition where the body fails to produce insulin. It usually develops during childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. Type 1 diabetes is not associated with lifestyle choices and does not become more common as you grow older.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Caused by insulin resistance, this is a lifestyle-related disease that becomes more prevalent with age. As you age, your body's capacity to process glucose diminishes, leading to insulin resistance.

Don't Overlook Prediabetes and Gestational Diabetes

Prediabetes represents a condition where blood sugar levels exceed normal levels but aren't high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prediabetes affects a staggering 96 million Americans. Alarmingly, 80% of those with prediabetes are unaware of their condition because it often lacks noticeable symptoms. It's crucial to seek testing if you suspect you might be at risk, as individuals with prediabetes face an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that emerges during pregnancy. If left untreated, it can result in complications for both the mother and child. Managing blood sugar levels through diet, exercise, and, in some cases, insulin injections is the key to handling gestational diabetes effectively. By controlling blood sugar levels, you can help prevent complications for both you and your baby.

Signs of Diabetes

The symptoms of diabetes can vary based on the type of diabetes, but several common symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing wounds

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's crucial to consult a doctor without delay. Diabetes is a serious condition that, if not managed properly, can lead to significant health issues.

Prevent Becoming a Statistic and Get Your Blood Sugar Checked at AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill

To determine if you have diabetes, the best course of action is to consult a doctor. AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill offers checkups and diabetes screenings. During your visit, a healthcare provider will inquire about your family's diabetes history and any symptoms you may have. 

A physical examination will be performed, and blood tests will be ordered to assess your blood sugar levels. Additionally, urine samples will be examined for the presence of sugar.

If diabetes is diagnosed, we will guide you toward a specialist to create a management plan. Our doors are open for both walk-in visits and appointments seven days a week. Our hours are from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and from 8 am to 5 pm on weekends. Our facility offers an easy to use online payment system that can make your life a little easier. 

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