November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Through the combined efforts of the Jordan Bennett Weiss Fund and the City of Newton Health Department, we are committed to the well-being of our students and children by educating the community about the warning signs of diabetes.
Knowledge of the warning signs is our greatest weapon against this disease. Sometimes the symptoms may be obvious and sometimes they are not. Symptoms which might appear to be unrelated, when viewed in the context of the list of warning signs, may suggest intervention. We hope that you will familiarize yourself with the warning signs/symptoms of diabetes.
Warning Signs of Diabetes
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE JORDAN BENNETT WEISS FUND AND THE CITY OF NEWTON 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 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)
٭ 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, gum or urinary tract infections
٭ Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds
٭ Itching of skin and/or genitals
٭ 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. THERE IS 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 http://www.diabetes.org
www.diabetes.org www.jdrf.org , www.joslin.org www.JBWfund.org