Unmasking Diabetes: Know the Signs and Take Control
Across our nation, there’s a silent but pressing health concern. Diabetes, often dubbed the silent invader, has been steadily increasing. With more than 34 million Americans affected, it’s an epidemic that demands our attention. This article helps highlight the importance of early detection and effective management of diabetes for a healthier tomorrow.
The Silent Epidemic
It seems like life is busier than ever, which can often distract us from potential health issues and diabetes is quietly becoming a big deal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 34 million Americans currently have diabetes. That’s about 1 in 10 people, potentially 3 people in your close family and friends circle! Fast Pace Health Chief Medical Officer Sarika Aggarwal, MD, MHCM comments, “The increasing prevalence of diabetes is alarming. Understanding your condition, its impact on your body, and the steps you can take to help control it can be the first and most crucial step toward better health. Regular check-ups, a balanced diet, consistent physical activity, and proper medication adherence are all vital components of helping manage diabetes. Remember, you have the power to take control of your health and lead a fulfilling life despite diabetes. Your Fast Pace healthcare team is here to support you every step of the way, so never hesitate to reach out for guidance and encouragement. Together, we can work towards a healthier and happier future.”
Even more concerning is that about 88 million adults – nearly 1 in 3 – are at the doorstep of getting diabetes; said more simply, they’re prediabetic. Prediabetes, if not addressed, can lead to full-fledged diabetes. And what’s most alarming is that a significant portion of these individuals may not even know they’re at risk.
To tackle diabetes, we first need to understand it. Diabetes is when the body can’t regulate blood sugar properly. This could be because the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use it effectively. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage our organs and our overall health.
Spotting the Early Warning Signs
How do I know if I might be prediabetic or already have diabetes? Diabetes can be sneaky. Its early signs might seem like common issues or be easy to ignore. Here are some signs to be aware of:
The Long-Term Risks
Why should I worry? Well, diabetes isn’t just about sugar levels. If not managed, it can lead to a number of healthcare issues, including, but not limited to:
How Do People Get Diabetes?
It usually happens due to a mix of things:
Steps to a Brighter Future
It’s not all bad news. Being aware and taking action can help make the difference. Some steps you can take include, but are not limited to:
Knowledge can be our best defense. By understanding the signs of diabetes and taking proactive steps, like working with your local Fast Pace Health Primary Care provider, we can work towards a healthier and brighter future for all. Schedule an appointment today at www.fastpacehealth.com/primary-care
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