One third of all people with diabetes don’t know they have it; this is a case where ignorance is definitely not bliss. Prediabetes, which affects more than 86 million Americans, can be reversed; diabetes, unfortunately, has no cure. But — whether you’re at risk or you’ve already been diagnosed — you can take control today.
For many with Type 2 diabetes, they may show no symptoms or have symptoms that are so mild they go unrecognized. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), common symptoms of diabetes include:
Feeling very thirsty
Feeling very hungry (even though you’re eating)
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet
Some other surprising symptoms, according to Prevention, may include dark, velvety patches in the folds of skin, sudden improvements in eyesight, itchiness, hearing loss and snoring.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month — are you aware of your risk factors?
Concerned or haven’t had a checkup in a while? Make an appointment with your doctor this week. Already know you’re at risk or working on taking control of the disease? Take steps today to change course, whether it’s a simple change like walking a few laps around the track at the Y, or you want more guidance, like through our Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) or Move Well Today, both offered as part of our YMCA Medical Programming package in collaboration with Community Health Partners (CHP).
Community Health Partners works collaboratively with physicians like Dr. Teck Khoo of the Iowa Diabetes and Endocrinology Center to provide diabetes/prediabetes education to our community.
Dr. Khoo has been working with the Move Well Today team for four years. “As an endocrinologist, I treat the consequence of obesity and diabetes,” Dr. Khoo explains, “but the main objective should really be prevention, which is one of the goals of this program.”
"The main objective should really be prevention, which is one of the goals of this program."
With chronic conditions like diabetes, “a major contributor to successful control is patient engagement; it is obvious that patients in the Move Well Today program are engaged, interested to learn more and to actively participate in and take responsibility of their health,” he adds. “The peer support they bring to each other is priceless as well.”
Dr. Khoo says he is “inspired by the enthusiasm and interest” that Pete Langston and his CHP team bring to the program. “Clearly, they care about their members and their health and I’m proud to be involved with them.”