According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million children and adults in the United States — 9.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. Nearly 2 million new cases are diagnosed each year; however, of the 29 million living with diabetes, 8.1 million are undiagnosed.
Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem harmless. They don’t prompt people to seek immediate care and people often just learn to live with the symptoms. Recent studies show that the early detection of diabetes and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the serious complications associated with the condition.
Do you know the warning signs?
- Frequent urination
- Unusual thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Extreme fatigue and Irritability
- Frequent infections
- Blurred vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
The best way to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes is through a healthy lifestyle. By changing your diet, increasing your level of physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, you can improve your health and reduce your risk of diabetes.
Via Christi offers diabetes education classes that can provide information about how you can live well with diabetes, and how blood glucose testing, meal planning and daily activities can increase your sense of well-being and improve your health.
Diabetes education, management and support groups are available in Wichita, Manhattan and Pittsburg. Call for more information:
- Wichita: 316-689-9989
- Manhattan: 785-587-5481
- Pittsburg: 620-235-7812