Health Matters: Educating Patients of Diabetes
It can cause excessive thirst, frequent urination, and increased hunger. “Diabetes over the past 10 years is actually increasing and the numbers of new diagnosis, the estimate through the CDC now is one in 10 Americans are diabetic. Unfortunately, more and more children are getting that diagnosis as well,” said Amy Frantz, a nurse practitioner with Lee Health.
Long-term complications of type two diabetes can include kidney failure, heart failure, blindness, and nerve damage. “We try to educate our patients on lifestyle changes and things that they can do in their day-to-day life to overcome barriers and to improve their overall health, to potentially prevent long-term complications and to maybe lessen the severity of what they have currently,” she said.
With early detection and lifestyle changes, type two diabetes can be managed. “Type two diabetes is most definitely preventable. By maintaining a healthy weight, and trying to eat a low carbohydrate diet, and getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, maybe instead of drinking soda, you drink more water,” Frantz said.
Increasing your physical activity and modifying your diet can help to prevent type two diabetes.
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