American Diabetes Month: Diabetes Awareness and Prevention

November 6, 2023

November marks American Diabetes Month, a special time to join efforts aimed at increasing awareness of this chronic condition. People dealing with diabetes must tackle daily challenges, constantly monitoring their blood glucose levels and adhering to a strict diet. But what if you could contribute to easing their burden? Imagine having the power to make life simpler for those who face the constant struggle of monitoring and carb counting. That's why AFC Urgent Care Torrington is calling on everyone to get screened for diabetes both before and after the holiday season.

Key Facts on Recent Diabetes Reports

The numbers related to diabetes are increasing every year. The latest study on diabetes in the United States, conducted by the CDC, reveals the following:

  • 30.3 million people have diabetes
  • 84.1 million adults aged 18 or older have prediabetes (approximately one third of the U.S. population)
  • 23.1 million adults aged 65 or older have prediabetes

These statistics can be concerning, especially for those dealing with prediabetes. Pre Diabetics have elevated blood sugar levels, although not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. You or someone you care about might fall into this category. Diabetes doesn't discriminate based on age, affecting people of all ages.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might be at risk of developing prediabetes or one of the different types of diabetes:

Diabetes Symptoms:

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

Risks for Diabetes:

  • Prediabetes
  • Overweight
  • Age 45 or older
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Less than 3 times a week physical activity
  • History of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • High blood pressure or taking medication for it
  • High cholesterol levels

Diabetes Can Lead to Other Health Complications

This year's National Diabetes Awareness Month spotlights the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Diabetes elevates the risk of developing other serious conditions like:

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

Your lifestyle choices can significantly impact your physical health. For example, if you smoke, you increase your chances of developing these health complications. Smoking narrows blood vessels, making it harder for your heart to function effectively.

Gestational Diabetes: Protecting You and Your Baby

Gestational diabetes can affect both mothers and their babies during and after pregnancy. During the final trimester, hormonal changes put women at risk of developing gestational diabetes. It's crucial to manage this condition with a doctor during this time to protect your newborn from developing diabetes. If you do develop gestational diabetes, there's still a chance to prevent type 2 diabetes in the future. Additionally, safeguarding your child now can reduce their risk of developing diabetes early in life.

AFC Urgent Care Torrington Can Assist with Diabetes Screening

AFC Urgent Care Torrington hopes that Diabetes Awareness Month will inspire more people to get their blood sugar levels checked while taking steps to reduce their risk of full-blown diabetes. Our doors are open seven days a week for both walk-in visits and appointments. We provide routine check-ups and blood work to monitor your blood sugar levels throughout the week. Don’t forget that we provide an easy to use online payment system. In just a few clicks you will be checked out and on your way. 


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