With November being diabetes awareness month, the online community is aflutter with “diabetes awareness” posts, but what IS diabetes awareness? I think the meaning of that term lies in the eye of the beholder. Some posts want you to be “aware” of diabetes, quoting statistics and such. Some posts want you to understand what those with diabetes go through on a day to day basis. Some posts pull at your heart strings with stories of people with diabetes battling to beat the disease.
What diabetes awareness means to ME is to make everyone, . . . I said EVERYONE, . . . A-W-A-R-E of the symptoms of diabetes. So you can save the life of a loved one that may not know they are diabetic. Even emergency room personnel, and even DOCTORS, don’t recognize diabetes symptoms. My goal with this diabetes awareness post, is to burn into your brain, these warning signs of diabetes. If you see any of these warning signs in a loved one, get them to a doctor, or an emergency room. Don’t screw around. It can save their life.
Feeling Very Thirsty
Feeling Very Hungry (even though you are eating)
Cuts / Bruises That Are Slow to Heal
Rapid Unexplained Weight Loss (type 1)
Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)