World Diabetes Day
Every year, across the globe we try to raise awareness for certain medical conditions as a way to help more people prepare themselves to defend against those conditions. On this day, we try to raise awareness for diabetes in a variety of different ways. Raising awareness is a global initiative and requires the help of many people across the globe, even if there are major organizations throughout the world that try to spearhead the initiative to raise awareness about diabetes.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a medical condition where the body lacks the ability to produce any, or enough, insulin for the body. This lack of insulin causes the body’s overall glucose levels in the blood to be higher than usual. Regardless of the type of diabetes that an individual has, it means that they have far too much glucose in in the body’s bloodstream.
Diabetes is a problem because it can cause more significant threats to the individual’s health in the future.
There are a few classifications of chronic diabetes, depending on certain conditions:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes
Symptoms of Diabetes
If you’re not sure whether or not you or someone you know has diabetes, you can look for these symptoms. Remember that this is not a comprehensive list of all symptoms, nor should it be used to self-diagnose. If you recognize any of these symptoms and think you may be at risk of diabetes, you should contact a local healthcare professional. At NCHS we can help you determine whether or not you have diabetes.
- Increased levels of thirst or hunger.
- Frequently urinating.
- Weight loss that is unexpected.
- Higher levels of fatigue.
- Easily irritated.
- Vision that becomes blurred.
- Sores that do not heal quickly.
- Various infections that become frequent.
Hyperglycemia means that there is a high level of glucose in the blood, which causes the other symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes such as thirst, weight loss and hunger, outlined below. If hyperglycemia remains untreated, it can cause damage to nerves, blood vessels and organs.
Your body is always trying to achieve homeostasis, or “balance.” So, the high level of sugar in your blood actually attracts water to balance it out. The water can be pulled from all over your body, including your eyes, causing thirst and frequent urination.
Insulin is the hormone that tells your body when to absorb sugar and if your cells do not receive that signal, they will not know how to use the energy in your food. Without energy, your body gets weak and tired. At first, it will try to burn fat and muscle instead, but these sources will be used up quickly without replenishment from incoming glucose.
Since you are not breaking down and using the glucose that you’re consuming, your body will continue to think you are hungry even when you’re providing it with nutrients.
If you experience any of these symptoms or are concerned that you may have diabetes, give us a call today. The sooner you catch diabetes, the quicker you can start treatment, and in some cases reverse the effects of diabetes if it’s caught early enough.
Getting Involved with World Diabetes Day
Making World Diabetes Day a success requires the help of everyone involved. As the whole goal of World Diabetes Day is to help raise awareness of diabetes and reduce the number of diagnoses, the more people that get involved, the better.
There are many ways you can get involved in World Diabetes Day. The easiest way to start is to make small yet important changes in your own lifestyle. Promoting health and well-being in your family and community. You can also get involved by helping other organizations raise awareness and organizing community outreach initiatives on your own.
Join or Host Local Meetings
One way you can get involved is to look for local meetings that focus on spreading information about diabetes in a public and contributive manner. If you don’t find anything like this in your own community, you can start your own initiatives.
There are many ways to help raise awareness for diabetes. Your organization or personal initiative can increase awareness by bringing information, banners, and more to public community events like sports activities, festivals, conventions, and more.
Utilize Local Media
Local media platforms like the radio, newspapers, or news stations are a great way to get more information out to the general public about diabetes and World Diabetes Day.
Make Personal Lifestyle Changes
While World Diabetes Day is all about raising awareness about diabetes, one of the biggest ways to make a positive change in the world is to start with yourself. If you are at risk of being diagnosed with diabetes, you can make changes in your own lifestyle to reverse the effects of certain stages of diabetes. The quickest way to get started with changing your lifestyle is to look at your diet and eating habits. The food you eat can greatly impact the risk of getting diabetes, and improving your diet to healthier foods can make a tremendously beneficial change in your life.
Contact us today at North County Health Services to get screened for diabetes or find new ways to get involved in your community for World Diabetes Day.