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HSHS hospitals encourage you to know the signs of diabetes

HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are educating the community about diabetes prevention and management during National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the International Diabetes Federation, more than 463 million adults throughout the world currently have diabetes. That equates to one in 11 people living with the disease.

Most cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity and a healthy and balanced diet.

“Symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly and can be subtle,” says Jamie Wright, manager of specialty services, which includes dialysis at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “One in two people with the disease have no symptoms. That’s why it’s important to know the signs so you can watch for even small changes.”

Talk with your doctor if any of these symptoms persist:

• Frequent urination

• Feeling thirsty

• Feeling hungry, even when eating

• Extreme fatigue

• Blurry vision

• Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal

• Weight loss

• Tingling, pain or numbness in hands and feet

You doctor can evaluate your risk level and complete bloodwork which can diagnose the disease. A consultation with a clinical dietitian or diabetes educator may also help identify ways to reduce your risk factors. You can also take a one-minute Diabetes Risk Test through the American Diabetes Association at:

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