National Diabetes Alert Day—Action is the Best Medicine

Midwest Medical Center offers a 6-month Diabetes Prevention Program beginning March 28.

National Diabetes Alert Day is Tuesday, March 26. Its purpose is to raise awareness among the American public about the risks and symptoms associated with diabetes. Darien Knight, Diabetes Nurse Educator / Care Coordinator at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, Illinois, offers the following information to help you understand the warning signs and symptoms of diabetes and steps you can take to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Warning Signs and Symptoms:

It’s important to know the potential warning signs and symptoms of diabetes and diabetes complications so you can act to improve your health.

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes are:

–              Urinating often

–              Feeling very thirsty

–              Feeling very hungry—even though you are eating

–              Extreme fatigue

–              Blurry vision

–              Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

–              Weight loss—even though you are eating more (type 1)

–              Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.

With Prediabetes, Action is the Best Medicine

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, we know that can feel like a lot—like your life has changed and you’ll never be “normal” again. But know that that isn’t the case.

For some people with prediabetes, early treatment as well as moderate lifestyle changes can actually return blood glucose (blood sugar) levels to a normal range, effectively preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes. Ask your doctor plenty of questions and listen to their answers. Increase your daily physical activity, start eating healthy, and your life can be yours again.

There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, so you may have it and not know it. However, before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes—where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. It is possible that you may have some of the symptoms of diabetes or even some of the complications. If you think you may have diabetes or prediabetes, check with your doctor and get tested.

If you discover that you do have prediabetes, remember that it doesn’t mean you’ll develop type 2, particularly if you follow a treatment plan and make changes to your lifestyle through food choices and physical activity. Even small changes can have a huge impact on delaying or preventing diabetes all together.

Diabetes Prevention Program at Midwest Medical Center

Midwest Medical Center offers a 6-month Diabetes Prevention Program that helps participants take charge of their health by combining classroom discussion and interaction learning about lifestyle changes, such as physical activity and weight loss, to prevent or delay the start of type 2 diabetes. The class meets every other week for a total of 13 sessions. The next program begins Thursday, March 28. For more information, contact Darien Knight at 815-777-6414 or register online: MMCgalena.org/DPPMarch2024.

Midwest Medical Center is a not-for-profit Illinois Critical Access Hospital. It serves the communities in northwestern Illinois, southwestern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa through its health clinics, hospital and emergency care, fitness and rehabilitation center, and senior care—assisted living and nursing home.

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