Could you have diabetes?

Could You Have Diabetes?

About 29.1 million Americans are believed to have diabetes. More than 25% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. Symptoms vary or may not even be apparent. A simple blood screening is the first step. Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Intense hunger
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin infections
  • Numbness or tingling in fingers or toes
  • Sores slow to heal (especially on the feet)

Finding out you have diabetes can be upsetting, but it should not prevent you from living a long and happy life.

At Providence we offer you the opportunity to learn and manage your diabetes. When you are able to control your blood sugar levels, you can reduce the long-term complications of the disease. Unmanaged (or poorly managed) diabetes can lead to medical complications as serious as blindness, emergency amputations, or permanent damage to internal organs. Providence Diabetes Center offers you the opportunity to understand and learn how to self manage your diabetes. Diabetes self management is something everyone with diabetes should take seriously.