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Health Minute: Diabetes

By: Claude

March 28 is recognized as Diabetes Alert Day. Today we are joined by Avni Jain, MD, family medicine physician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group. She has some valuable information about diabetes and the signs and symptoms to lookout for in your health.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that impacts your body’s ability to process insulin, ultimately leading to an increase in blood sugar levels. The cause is dependent on the type, but if it is left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health concerns.

What are the different types of diabetes?

There are three types of diabetes, including: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational. Type 1 is typically diagnosed in young adults and children and cannot be prevented. Type 2 is the most common and it is typically a result of an unhealthy lifestyle or a family history of the disease. Through exercise and healthy eating, you can limit your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. What are some potential risk factors for developing diabetes? Some of the risk factors include: - Having an increased body mass index - Being inactive or having limited physical activity - Poor eating habits - Family history of the disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of diabetes?

Patients should monitor their health and alert their provider if they notice any of the following symptoms, including: - Extreme fatigue - Excessive hunger or thirst - Frequent urination.

What can patients do to limit their risk of developing diabetes?

To limit your risk of developing diabetes, focus on maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. Patients should also exercise regularly and keep their BMI around 25. Receiving enough sleep and limiting stress can also help decrease your risk.

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