November is recognized as National Diabetes Awareness Month. Around 30 million people are living with diabetes, that’s nearly 1 in every 10 people. Dr. Sloane, and endocrinologist at Slocum Dickson Medical Group, says that it’s important to bring awareness to the disease, but not just during the month of November.
There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. In people with type 1 diabetes your body goes from producing insulin to not producing any at all. In type 2 diabetes your body still creates some insulin but it’s not able to respond to it normally.
According to the American Diabetes Association, over 80 million American have pre-diabetes and are high risk for developing the disease within the next 5 years. Dr. Sloane says adopting a healthier lifestyle can help lower the risks. Going undiagnosed or not maintaining your medications can lead to serious health complications or death.
There are three major warning signs: Excessive thirst without reason, urinating multiple times throughout the night, and losing weight without changing any eating habits. For an online assessment, please visit the American Diabetes Association’s website and follow up with a healthcare provider.