According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million people living in the United States live with diabetes. Are you one of them?
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Dedham wants you to know the signs to look for when it comes to diabetes, as well as ways to better manage your condition.
How Does Diabetes Affect the Body?
Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar (also called blood glucose) level is elevated.
When your blood contains high levels of sugar, it can cause a number of health complications, such as damage to both large and small blood vessels. When this happens, it can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
Signs of Diabetes
- Blurry vision
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Always feeling hungry
- Feeling very tired
- Slow healing of cuts and wounds
- Tingling, numbness or pain in the hands or feet
- Patches of dark skin
How Can Diabetes Be Prevented?
Does diabetes run in your family? While you can’t control genetics, there are a number of things you can control.
Reduce your risk of diabetes by exercising on a regular basis, watching portion sizes of food and drinking water frequently. You’ll also benefit from reducing your intake of saturated fat and added sugars.
Ways to Manage Diabetes
- Take medications as directed.
- Check feet daily for cuts and sores.
- Brush teeth and floss regularly.
- Avoid smoking.
- Keep track of blood sugar.
Do you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of diabetes? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Dedham for a medical evaluation. We are open seven days a week!