November is National Diabetes Month

 

A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE JORDAN BENNETT WEISS FUND AND THE CITY OF NEWS HEALTH DEPARTMENT

JBW FUND – PO BOX 590223 NEWTON CENTRE MA 02459 – JBWfund@aol.com

Familiarize yourself with the warning signs / symptoms of diabetes. Sometimes the symptoms are very obvious, and other times they are not.  Early detection and knowledge of the warning signs is your greatest weapon against the disease and its complications!*

 

TYPE 1 DIABETES MELLITUS: These symptoms often occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention.

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination, sometimes exhibited by bedwetting (in large quantities)
  • Sudden vision chanes
  • High amounts of sugar in the blood and/or uring (A sweet, fruity odor may be present in urine, on one’s breath/body)
  • Extreme hunger (increased appetite)
  • Rapid or unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue (weak and tired)
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rapid, hard breathing (heavy, labored)
  • Confusion, Stupor, Unconsciousness

 

TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS: These symptoms occur gradually, however, they must receive immediate medical attention.

  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers
  • Frequent infections of the skin
  • Recurring skin, gym or urinary tract infections
  • Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds
  • Itching of skin and/or genitals
  • Drowsiness
  • Slow healing of cuts and bruises
  • Any of the symptoms listed under Type 1 diabetes

*Please note: Many of these symptoms can be related to illnesses that are not associated with diabetes, including the flu. Only a healthcare professional can provide appropriate diagnostic tests and treatments.

For more information, log onto www.diabetes.org, www.jdrf.org, www.joslin.org or www.JBWfund.org