November is American Diabetes Month and this year’s theme is #ThisIsDiabetes. I have a family history of diabetes. I did not have diabetes until several years ago. A medication I was taking for my Fibromyalgia threw me into diabetes because very high blood sugar is a side effect, something I did not know before taking it. I am no longer insulin dependent, but if I am not very careful it could occur at any time.
I also know quite a few people, both family and friends, who are struggling with diabetes. This is a disease that has become too common today. The sad news is that if left untreated or under-treated, diabetes can cause all sorts of other terrible complications1:
- Foot Complications: Learn about neuropathy (which can cause numbness in the feet) as well as other complications.
- DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones: Know the warning signs of DKA and check urine for ketones, especially when you’re sick.
- Kidney Disease (Nephropathy): Keep your diabetes and blood pressure under control to lower the chance of getting kidney disease.
- High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure—also called hypertension—raises your risk for heart attack, stroke, eye problems, and kidney disease.
- Stroke: Maintain target levels for blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol to reduce your risk of stroke.
- HHNS: HHNS is a serious condition most frequently seen in older persons. It is usually brought on by something else, such as an illness or infection.
- Gastroparesis: Get treatment to help you manage gastroparesis, so that you can be as healthy and comfortable as possible.
Please take the time to visit AmericanDiabetesAssociation.org. Even if you do not have diabetes, learn how to help your loved ones and friends.