November is American Diabetes Month!
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Have you been diagnosed with diabetes?
Did you know?
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Alabama. The good news? You may be able to prevent or successfully manage this condition. While you can’t prevent Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable.
Do You Have Prediabetes?
What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes can lead to diabetes. It is a common and serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes puts you at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
- 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes.
You can prevent type 2 diabetes
You can find out if you have prediabetes by getting a simple blood sugar test at your next appointment. Ask your provider if you should be tested. If you want to assess your risk for diabetes today, take this one-minute-risk-assessment test.
If you have prediabetes losing weight by eating healthy and getting more exercise can cut your risk of getting type 2 diabetes by half. If you ignore prediabetes, your risk for getting type 2 diabetes goes up.
You can have prediabetes or diabetes and have no symptoms until complications arise. For this reason, keeping routine check-ups with your primary care provider is important. If you notice any of the following symptoms of diabetes, consult with your primary care provider right away:
- Urinate (pee) a lot, often at night
- Are very thirsty
- Lose weight without trying
- Are very hungry
- Have blurry vision
- Have numb or tingling hands or feet
- Feel very tired
- Have very dry skin
- Have sores that heal slowly
- Have more infections than usual
Prediabetes and Diabetes Prevention
Live Your Best Life With Diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, there is much you can do to prevent complications from diabetes and live your best life. Browse the topics below to learn more and begin making changes to live well with this condition.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Managing Your Diabetes
Every day you can make changes that can help you delay or prevent health complications. Learn more about the following important topics by clicking on them.