Diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal. It happens when the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or the body doesn’t respond to insulin as it should.
Early signs of diabetes:
Elevated levels of sugar in the blood stream, dehydrate the body cells, and increase fluid volume within in the vascular system. Dysfunctional or lack of insulin would not allow the body cells to utilize glucose for energy, and results are:
1. You feel very thirsty
2. You need to urinate a lot and often
3. Dry mouth and skin
4. You feel very hungry (even when you’re eating)
5. You feel very tired
6. You’re losing weight unexpectedly
7. Blurry vision
How do i know I have diabetes?
The only way to know for sure if you have diabetes is to get tested for it. If you’re regularily noticing any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to let us know. While there is no cure for diabetes, it is a treatable condition. And the earlier prediabetes or diabetes is diagnosed, the better.
The following results suggest you could have diabetes:
- Fasting blood glucose test of 126 mg/dl or higher
- Oral glucose tolerance test of 200 mg/dl or higher
- A1C of 6.5% or higher
Is there anything I can do to prevent diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes ( insulin deficiency) is not a preventable illness, but prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes ( insulin resistance) can be prevented with early treatment and intervention. While some things you can’t change, like your genetics, age, and family history, there are other risk factors you can change to lower your risk of developing diabetes:
See your healthcare provider often. Active management is an important part of preventing or delaying diabetes. .
Make healthy eating a lifelong priority. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends eating more fruites, vegetables, nuts and whole grains to help lower your risk.
Be and stay active. The ADA recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week (a little over 20 minutes a day) to help lower your risk. Create a plan with your healthcare provider to safely increase activity over time.
Aim for a healthy weight. Carrying excess weight, especially around your middle, raises your risk for diabetes.