Diabetes Awareness Month

On the 28th of this month, millions of Americans will spend Thanksgiving Day with loved ones, cooking up favorite family recipes and indulging in staples like gooey marshmallow-covered yams and spicy pumpkin pie. At the start of this food-driven holiday season the American Diabetes Association begins its campaign to raise awareness for a disease that currently affects nearly 26 million American adults and children each year. Currently, an additional 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes- most of these people do not even know they are at risk. Our Delaware surgery center is committed to helping patients understand the warning signs of diabetes, knowing the risks associated with leaving it uncontrolled and developing healthy living habits that can improve your quality of life after diagnosis.

Diabetes Warning Signs:
The only real way to determine if you are diabetic is through a blood glucose level test, however, knowing the symptoms of diabetes can help you decide if it’s time to visit your physician:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Feeling constant, severe thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Slow healing bruises or cuts
  • Blurry vision
  • Hunger quickly after you’ve eaten
  • Weight loss (type 1)
  • Numbness, pain, or tingling in your hands or feet (type 2)

Treating Diabetes:
Managing diabetes needs to be a team effort with your doctor. Patients who stay in close contact with their health professional tend to make healthier eating and fitness decisions.

Lose weight. For overweight and obese patients, if you have not already been diagnosed with diabetes, losing just 5-7% of your weight can lower your risk of developing diabetes. Recent studies suggest that bariatric surgery like gastric sleeve surgery or gastric bypass in Delaware may help eliminate diabetes, especially in patients who have been diagnosed within 5 years before having surgery.

Choose healthy foods. Foods with low sugar content that are rich in proteins, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins help keep blood sugar stabilized. Check out our blog full of cooking tips for healthier comfort dishes.

Find time for fitness. Aside from a healthy glow and improved circulation, working out at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes can help your blood sugar remain stable.

Take your medication. Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, your medication may be essential for controlling your blood sugar levels. Amazingly, some bariatric surgery patients find they do not have to continue taking medication within a few weeks after surgery.

We encourage our CHRIAS patients to learn the symptoms and signs of diabetes, whether or not it’s diabetes awareness month. Taking preventative measures or seeking early treatment can improve your quality of life. To learn more about weight loss surgery in Delaware, attend a free informational seminar, call us at 302-892-9900, or contact us online.

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