From the School Nurse: November is National Diabetes Month

Warning signs of diabetes

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

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

TYPE I DIABETES MELLITUS: These symptoms occur suddenly and require immediate medical attention.

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination, sometimes exhibited by bedwetting (in large quantities)
  • Sudden vision changes
  • High amounts of sugar in the blood and/or urine (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)
  •  Stupor, unconsciousness

TYPE II DIABETES MELLITUS: These symptoms occur gradually; however, they are no less important than those associated with TYPE I, and must receive immediate medical attention.

  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers
  • Frequent infections of the skin
  • Recurring skin, gum or urinary tract infections
  • Itching of skin and/or genitals
  • Drowsiness
  • Slow healing of cuts and bruises
  • Any of the symptoms listed under TYPE I Diabetes

*PLEASE NOTE: MANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS CAN BE RELATED TO ILLNESSES THAT ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH DIABETES, INCLUDING THE FLU. THERE SHOULD BE NO FEVER WITH DIABETES. THIS IS A CRITICAL FACTOR IN DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN THE FLU! ONLY A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CAN PROVIDE APPROPRIATE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS AND TREATMENTS.

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

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