Are you aware of Diabetes?
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. There are two types of diabetes, the most common of which is Type 2. Type 2 diabetes results when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or doesn’t use insulin the right way, causing sugar to build up in the blood.
There are approximately 129,000 adults in Wisconsin who don’t know they have Type 2 Diabetes. Most have never experienced any symptoms, and have no reason to suspect diabetes.
Often times, Type 2 Diabetes isn’t detected until later when noticeable complications are evident (i.e. blurred vision & heart troubles). Finding out early is the best way to treat this disease.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Increased hunger
- Increased urination
- Sores that don’t heal
IF YOU HAVE ONE OR MORE OF THESE SYMPTOMS, SEE YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER RIGHT AWAY!
Because Type 2 diabetes is linked to genetic factors, it is important to know your family’s health history. Take the Family Health History Quiz provided by the National Diabetes Education Program. To learn more about the risks of Type 2 Diabetes click here. For diabetes screening, schedule an appointment with a Progressive Community Health Center provider by calling (414)935-8000.