Diabetes affects nearly 600,000 Kentuckians – that’s one in every eight people living in the state. And many in Kentucky who have the disease don’t even know it.
Over time, diabetes damages nerves and blood vessels, which can lead to complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve problems, gum infections and amputation. The good news is that recognizing possible diabetes symptoms early on can lead to successful diagnosis and treatment. Common early symptoms of diabetes include:
- Excessive thirst and increased urination.
- Weight loss and constant hunger.
- Vision changes.
- Tingling hands and feet.
- Red, swollen, tender gums.
- Slow-healing sores or frequent infections.
Today is the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day and a great opportunity to assess your risk for diabetes. Take the ADA’s Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you’re one of the nine in 10 Americans at risk for the disease. The test takes only 60 seconds to complete, and knowing your results is the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.
- The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center at UK HealthCare offers comprehensive diabetes care, including treatment and management, educational support, and assistance with lifestyle changes.
- Try these 11 cooking tips for healthy diabetes management.