According to reports from the American Diabetes Association, over half a million adults in Kentucky are living with diabetes. Of these, over 108,000 do not yet know they have diabetes.
If left untreated diabetes can lead to heart attack, vision loss and kidney disease. This is why it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes and have regular check-ups with your doctor.
Some symptoms of diabetes include extreme unquenchable thirst, insatiable hunger, frequent urination, unintentional weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, numb or tingling hands or feet, dry skin and wounds that heal more slowly than usual.
Doctors can order blood tests to screen for and diagnose diabetes and prediabetes. These tests are typically inexpensive and are covered by most insurance policies.
Diabetes Education and Resources
The most important step for treating diabetes or prediabetes is for individuals to receive education from reliable accredited sources about how to properly manage their disease. Receiving education about diabetes has been shown to substantially reduce the long-term effects of the disease and improve overall health.
The Certified Diabetes Educators and Registered Dietitians at CHI Saint Joseph Health – Diabetes and Nutrition Care pride themselves in their ability to empathize with their patients, recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing diabetes, and troubleshoot real world sustainable treatment plans for people with diabetes who come from all walks of life.
To learn more about how to receive accredited diabetes education, call 859.313.2393.
Candice Tufano, RD
Candice Tufano, RD is with CHI Saint Joseph Health – Diabetes and Nutrition Care.