The word diabetes often evokes powerful associations and strong feelings, depending on your personal experience. In the world, almost 400 million people have diabetes, and to help us all focus on better prevention and treatment, the United Nations has designated Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day. Currently, diabetes affects 25.8 million people in this country, and it is estimated that there are an additional 7 million people in the U.S. with diabetes who have not been diagnosed. The total cost of diabetes in 2012 the U.S. was $245 billion.
There is much to talk about when it comes to diabetes, but as a professional working with diabetic patients, I want to use this opportunity to dispel some of the many myths that surround diabetes.
Early diagnosis and treatment are important in preventing complications; knowledge is power. Talk with your health care provider about your risk factors for diabetes. If you are experiencing symptoms of diabetes, such as extreme fatigue and/or thirst, blurred vision, numbness or tingling in the feet, increased hunger with weight loss, frequent infections or frequent urination, schedule an appointment for an evaluation. For more information, log on to mountnittany.org/diabetes or diabetes.org.