November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in school-aged youth in the United States. This year’s theme is ‘we stand greater,’ because together, we can conquer this disease. Together, we stand greater than diabetes.
There are two different types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes occurs at every age and in people of every race, shape and size. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Your body breaks down the carbohydrates you eat and converts it into glucose (blood sugar) and then uses it for energy. Insulin is the hormone that is needed to get glucose from the bloodstream into the body. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It means that your body produces insulin, unlike type 1, but it doesn’t use insulin properly. The good news is you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. If you’re at risk, making small changes to the way you eat, increasing your physical activity or getting early treatment can, for some, return blood sugar levels to a normal range.
What is your risk? Take this 60-second Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test by the American Diabetes Association
Some people with diabetes have symptoms so mild they go unnoticed. This is why it’s important to understand your risks and know your blood sugar numbers. Type 1 diabetes symptoms can be very sudden, while type 2 tend to come more gradually, and sometimes there are no signs at all.
Common diabetes symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Blurry vision
- Extreme fatigue
- Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet
- Extreme thirst
- Cuts and bruises are slower to heal
Early detection is key when it comes to diabetes. This is why it’s important to KNOW YOUR NUMBERS.
The Power of A1C
An A1C test is a blood test that reflects your average blood glucose levels over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1C, HbA1C, glycated hemoglobin, or glycohemoglobin test. Hemoglobin is the part of a red blood cell that carries oxygen to the cells. With this blood test, your doctor can identify prediabetes, or diagnose type 1 or type 2 diabetes. You can get your A1C blood test at any Marque Urgent Care facility.
Schedule an Annual Wellness Exam today at any of our Marque Urgent Care facilities and make an appointment to get your A1C checked! Covered by most insurance.