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November is American Diabetes Awareness month.  Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States.  Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  The leading cause of kidney failure comes from being diabetic.

The following is a list of signs and symptoms to be aware of that may help you to determine if you may be at risk for diabetes:

  • Urinating often.
  • Feeling very thirsty.
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Cuts/bruises that heal slowly.
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more.
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet.

Here is a list of things that you can do to help minimize your chances of becoming diabetic:

  • Control your weight.
  • Exercise.
  • Choose to eat foods that are whole grains vs. highly processed carbohydrates.
  • Decrease the amount of sugary drinks, and choose water, coffee or tea instead.
  • Limit red meats and avoid processed meat; choose nuts, whole grains, poultry or fish instead.
  • If you smoke, try to quit.
  • Limit your amount of alcohol consumption.

Family Medical Center of Hastings has a Certified Diabetic Educator in our office - Brenda Nunley, APRN-FNP.  Brenda along with all of the other providers in our office are all trained in diabetes care.  Ask your provider for more information on how to control your diabetes and what you can do to minimize your chances of becoming diabetic.

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