WORLD DIABETES DAY
November 14th is World Diabetes Day, and here are some things that YOU can do to prevent becoming afflicted with diabetes:
1. Lifestyle Changes – healthy body weight and moderate physical activity
2. Weight Loss – improves insulin resistance and reduces hypertension
3. Physical Activity – maintaining weight loss and is linked to reduced blood pressure, reduced resting heart rate, increased insulin sensitivity, improved body composition and psychological well-being
4. Balanced and Nutritious Diet – reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease
5. Smoking Cessation – increases abdominal fat accumulation and insulin resistance
6. Stress and Depression – link between depression, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
7. Sleeping Patterns – impair the balance of hormones regulating food intake and energy balance
I have a number of patients with Diabetes, and it is an insidious disease. I am aware of skin changes in the extremities (toes, fingers) or when confusion abounds –get the OJ!
Here are the signs and symptoms:
• Frequent urination
• Excessive thirst
• Increased hunger
• Weight loss
• Lack of interest and concentration
• A tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet
• Blurred vision
• Frequent infections
• Slow-healing wounds
• Vomiting and stomach pain (often mistaken as the flu)
If you are concerned, check with your doctor for a blood/urine test, and be informed about your options.