National Diabetes Alert Day: Knowing is Half The Battle
The fourth Tuesday of March every year we recognize National Diabetes Alert Day. The awareness event is meant to alert more than 34 Million Americans living with diabetes, and the 1 in 5 Americans1 who are living with diabetes and don’t even know they have it, to be aware of the risk. Don’t be afraid of acknowledging your healthcare concerns. Making changes can save your life.
Diabetes is a serious metabolic disease that can affect many aspects of a person’s life. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type of Diabetes and means that your body can’t process insulin properly. What is so concerning is that many Americans don’t even recognize they have it and continue to lead their lives towards poor health. Diabetes can be managed – and improvements in someone’s health are very possible.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)2 Symptoms of diabetes include:
- Frequent urination, often at night
- Persistent thirst
- Lose weight without trying
- Persistent hunger
- Blurry vision
- Numb or tingling hands or feet
- Feel very tired
- Very dry skin
- Wounds or sores that heal slowly
- Higher than normal infection rate
When you suffer from diabetes, and even pre-diabetes, it takes a toll on many aspects of your overall health. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and is the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness. It also has a great impact on the body’s ability to heal (skin and wounds) and recover from illness.
What you should do on National Diabetes Alert Day
Know your risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes:
- Previously diagnosed with pre-diabetes
- Age of 45 years or older
- Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Do not get enough physical activity (at least 3x per week)
- Had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
- African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk)
The CDC shares a great video to explain what they are, and how risk factors can impact your health.
Get screened for Diabetes
There are three easy ways a doctor can determine if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes. All three tests as well as symptom monitoring can tell you how acute your condition may be, and inform you and your clinician about the right steps to take to make improvements to your (insulin) blood sugar levels. These tests are:
- Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG)
- Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
Although Diabetes does not have a “cure” the progression path is highly treatable with the right interventions.
“Many patients think they simply need to live with the constant battle of their insulin levels and difficult management of the disease,” said Dr. Andrew Allen. “At Restore-Osteo we have a specialized program for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders.
This is a new, approved treatment that uses insulin as a hormone instead of an injected drug. The drug is presented to the body through an infusion process which results in reducing insulin resistance and increases cellular energy. Our patients have reported improvements in many of the health problems caused by diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
“We see incredible results from this therapy as it addresses Diabetes from the inside out. For decades we have been treating the symptoms instead of the cause of the body’s disruption. Now we have solutions,” said Dr. Allen.
Be on Alert
With the fourth Tuesday of March being National Diabetes Alert Day, we strongly encourage you to get tested or take this free CDC Prediabetes test to know your risk. Be informed so you can make changes to your lifestyle and avoid escalation of diabetes.
Get Help Today
If you know someone suffering with Diabetic symptoms, or battling their disease without success, help them get the care they deserve. Diabetes doesn’t have to take control of someone’s life -book a consultation today to see if our Diabetes and Metabolic Therapy are right for you or a loved one.