Unmasking Diabetes: Know the Signs and Take Control

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.

Understanding Diabetes

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:

  1. Frequent Bathroom Trips: Especially if you’re waking up several times at night.
  2. Constant Thirst: Always feeling like you can’t get enough water.
  3. Unexpected Weight Loss: If you’re losing weight without trying, it’s worth noting.
  4. Hunger, All the Time: Always hungry, even after a meal? It’s a sign.
  5. Blurry Vision: If things suddenly seem out of focus, like you’re looking through a foggy window.
  6. Always Feeling Tired: Even if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
  7. Cuts or Sores Heal Slowly: This indicates your body isn’t healing as it should.
  8. Tingling Hands or Feet: A sign that your nerves might be affected.
  9. Dark Patches on Skin: Especially in areas like the neck or underarms.

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:

  1. Heart Issues: Including diseases and even strokes.
  2. Kidney Problems: Our kidneys might get overloaded and worn out.
  3. Eye Troubles: From minor issues like blurry vision to potential blindness.
  4. Nerve Damage: This can result in pain or numbness and severe cases might require amputations.
  5. Skin and Mouth Issues: Being more prone to infections.
  6. Joint Pain or Problems: Diabetes can affect our bones and joints.
  7. More Vulnerability to Illnesses: A compromised immune system means catching other diseases easily.

How Do People Get Diabetes?

It usually happens due to a mix of things:

  1. Your Genes: Sometimes, if a family member had it, you might have a higher chance.
  2. Weight: Being much heavier than what’s considered healthy for your age and height.
  3. Bad Food Choices: Eating too many sugary or fatty foods.
  4. Not Moving Enough: Our bodies love to move. They need to move. Sitting around too much can be a problem.
  5. Age: As we get older, the risk goes up.
  6. Other Health Problems: High blood pressure or having a certain kind of cholesterol problem. 

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: 

  1. Regular Check-ups: Visit your healthcare provider to know where you stand with periodic blood tests.
  2. Eat Wisely: Choose foods that are better for you. Eat balanced meals with fewer processed foods.
  3. Stay Active: Get moving! Physical activity can be key. Find something you love, whether it’s walking, cycling, dancing, or play with your dog.
  4. Keep an Eye on Your Sugar: Essential if you have diabetes. Get your blood sugar levels checked often.
  5. Seek Medical Advice: Medications or treatments can help manage the condition.
  6. Find Support: Talk to others, join groups, and know you’re not in this alone.


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







The Importance of Breast Cancer Screening: Early Detection Can Help Save Lives

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, early detection remains the cornerstone in reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with this disease. Screening tests, such as mammograms, can help detect breast cancer even before symptoms develop, offering patients better treatment options and a higher chance of successful recovery.

Why is Early Detection Crucial?

  1. Higher Survival Rates: Detecting breast cancer at an early stage can help significantly increases the chances of survival. The 5-year survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage 1 breast cancer is nearly 100%, according to the American Cancer Society.
  2. More Treatment Options: Early-stage breast cancer offers more treatment choices, including less aggressive surgeries and therapies. This can mean breast-conserving surgeries instead of mastectomies and the possibility of avoiding chemotherapy.
  3. Reduced Medical Costs: Early detection and treatment can help lead to significantly lower medical costs compared to the treatment of advanced-stage breast cancer.
  4. Improved Quality of Life: Early detection and treatment can help patients maintain a better quality of life during and after treatment. They may experience fewer side effects from treatments and may have a faster recovery.

A Word from Our Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Sarika Aggarwal, our Chief Medical Officer, emphasizes the importance of regular screenings. “Breast cancer, when detected early, can have a much higher chance of being treated successfully. Regular screenings are a proactive step every woman can take to help safeguard her health. As we mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I urge all women to prioritize their health and schedule regular mammograms. Your future self will thank you.”

Fast Pace Health’s Commitment to Your Well-being

At Fast Pace Health, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of healthcare services tailored to meet the unique needs of our community. While we provide comprehensive care in many areas, it’s essential to note that we do not perform breast cancer screenings on-site.

However, our commitment to the health and well-being of our patients goes beyond the services we directly offer. We believe in the power of preventive care and the importance of early detection. As such, we strongly encourage all our patients to seek regular breast cancer screenings at specialized facilities or clinics. Our dedicated team is always available to provide guidance, answer questions, and offer referrals to trusted mammography centers in the area.

Your health is our top priority, and we are here to support you every step of the way. By working together and emphasizing the importance of regular screenings, we can make strides in the fight against breast cancer.

Who Should Get Screened?

While all women are at risk for breast cancer, certain factors can increase this risk:

  • Age: Women aged 50 to 74 are advised to get mammograms every two years.
  • Family History: Women with a family history of breast cancer might need to start screening earlier and more often.
  • Genetic Mutations: Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations should consult their healthcare provider about starting mammograms earlier.

However, even if you don’t fall into these categories, it’s essential to discuss your risk and the best screening plan with your healthcare provider.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a poignant reminder of the battles many face and the importance of early detection. Regular screenings are a simple way to help stay a step ahead of this disease. As we wear our pink ribbons this October, let’s also make a commitment to prioritize our health and encourage the women in our lives to do the same.