November National Diabetes Month
November 28, 2017
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), in 2015, there were 30.3 million adults with diabetes in America, 7.2 million of which were undiagnosed. To prevent complications from diabetes, such as heart attack, stroke, vision or foot problems, early detection is important.
Dr. Kim Huntington-Alfano, a family physician at Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, encourages people to see their physician annually to discuss risk factors for developing diabetes and to have a simple blood test to screen for diabetes. Establishing a habit of regularly visiting your physician for annual physical examinations allow people to partner with their physician to establish a wellness plan that includes early detection of diabetes.
While some symptoms of diabetes may be mild and go undetected, the ADA recommends you talk to your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet
Our physicians are fully licensed osteopathic doctors who employ a holistic philosophy to healthcare – treating the entire person/family with an emphasis on preventative medicine and health maintenance. For more information, contact the Family Medicine Clinic in Illinois at 630.743.4500 or in Arizona at 623.537.6000.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment and does not establish a provider/patient relationship. Always consult your own physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.