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As the saying goes, "Knowledge is Power", however, ACTING on the knowledge is the true power. You can live longer and have a better quality of life by eating properly, exercising, and following your health care team's advice. Our hope is that more people empower themselves by learning about diabetes, sharing their experiences, and supporting each other for a longer, healthier, and happier life.
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The symptoms of diabetes may begin gradually and can be hard to identify at first. They may include fatigue, a sick feeling, frequent urination, especially at night, and excessive thirst. When there is extra glucose in blood, one way the body gets rid of it is through frequent urination. This loss of fluids causes extreme thirst. Other symptoms may include sudden weight loss, blurred vision, and slow healing of skin, gum and urinary tract infections. Women may notice genital itching.
I know the shock of being told you have diabetes all too well. Even my wife who is an RN was equally unprepared for the news about my condition. I was referred to the usual diabetes education and nutrition specialists. However, like most things in life, we have to take control and responsibility for ourselves.
The following is advice from the experts at Joslin Diabetes Center and the American Diabetes Association. I think may be helpful for those who are just starting out and maybe those of us who just need a review!