November is…

November

Happy National Diabetes Awareness Month!

It’s amazing to feel a part of something so much bigger than yourself. Joining together to bring awareness about diabetes is something I greatly encourage everyone to do.

It is scary to think how many individuals out there who may have diabetes and don’t acknowledge it. It may be because they are in denial, or they may just not be aware of the symptoms and signs for diabetes.

I wish I had known the symptoms for diabetes, especially since I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I had all the text book signs, excessive thirst, blurry vision, dry skin, sudden weight loss, etc. However, it wasn’t until I had ketoacidosis and my blood sugar was almost 600 did I think something might be wrong.

Type 1 diabetes symptoms occur suddenly and knowing these symptoms can save a life.

Below are the symptoms for T1D:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness

According to JDRF, “As many as 3 million Americans have type 1 diabetes. Each year more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S.”

So, this month spread awareness, and if someone you know starts to develop any of the above symptoms encourage them to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early diagnosis goes a long way in preventing serious long-term health complications, and even death.

“Until a cure is found, the more who know, the more lives will be saved.” – JDRF

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