November is National Diabetes Month

Submitted by   Juli Hughes, County Coordinator

Mississippi State University Extension Service – Choctaw County 662-285-6337

 

Diabetes is a serious disease and the leading cause of adult onset blindness, amputations and a significant contributor to heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.

Warning signs of diabetes include increased thirst, extreme hunger, frequent urination, rapid weight loss, frequent skin infections, blurry vision, numbness and tingling in the feet and hands, fatigue, recurring skin, gun or urinary tract infections, and slow healing cuts and bruises.

If you are overweight, over age 45, are of Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino origin, have a family history of diabetes, had gestational diabetes or have had a child weighing over nine pounds at birth you are at a higher risk for developing diabetes.

Follow these tips to help keep your diabetes under control:

Know your blood sugar numbers and goals. Studies show that keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible slows the onset and progression of eye, kidney and nerve diseases caused by diabetes.  Monitor at least daily for good control and keep a record of your results. Also, keep hemoglobin A1C less than 7%.

Maintain blood pressure levels

Stay at a weight that is healthy for you. If possible, exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Don’t smoke

Always wear shoes that fit correctly. Don’t go barefoot and check your feet daily for cuts, blisters and other problems.

Have your eyes and kidneys checked once a year. Visit the dentist twice a year.

The Choctaw County Extension Service office provides free educational information and pamphlets on diabetes. Visit us in the Courthouse Annex in Ackerman or call 285-6337.