1. Do your Symptoms Add Up to Diabetes

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    It’s often the case, your body is trying to tell you something, but people just aren’t listening to its queues. “If they’re not going to their doctor, if they’re not seeing their physician they’re not having those lab works, they’re not reporting their signs they could just be going along with their normal daily activities,” says Melanie Aracri. When you have diabetes, your blood sugar levels are consistently high because the body can’t self-control insulin to process glucose. High blood sugar carries a host of symptoms. Melanie Aracri is a diabetes educator with Lee Health Solutions. “The three classic signs of high blood sugar, we call them the three p’s: polyphagia, polydipsia, and polyuria. Those are increased thirst, increased hunger, and increased urination,” says Aracri. Other warning signs are unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision and slow healing sores. As these begin to add up, it is not uncommon for people to seek help in an emergency capacity. “It’s not those symptoms of the high blood sugar- they’re coming in with the chest pain or the nausea, the vomiting. And then they find out the diabetes,” says Aracri. The best defense in avoiding a crisis is a good offense. Regular screening for diabetes gives you the information you need to sidestep the condition or serious complications. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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    • Younger People Slower to get Diabetes Diagnosis

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      Medically speaking, they are the lost generation - young to middle-aged adults who regularly skip annual health exams. And it may come back to haunt them. Latest federal figures find only 2% of people ages 18-39 had their diabetes diagnosed. “If they’re not going to their doctor, if they’re not seeing their physician, they’re not having those lab works, they’re not reporting their signs they could just be going along with their normal daily activities,” says Melanie Aracri, who is a certified diabetes educator with Lee Memorial Health System. What they don’t know can hurt them. Neglecting diabetes can have damaging consequences. Leaving it unmanaged may increase the risk of complications due to high blood sugar. It’s actually the symptoms of high blood sugar that provide the first hint something is wrong. “The three classic signs of high blood sugar, we call them the three P’s: polyphagia, polydipsia, and polyuria. Those are increased thirst, increased hunger, and increased urination,” says Aracri. Long before any serious complications, like cardiovascular, circulation or eye issues, even delayed wound healing, patients may have subtle complaints. “With the high blood sugar, the hyperglycemia, there’s possibly headaches, urinary tract infections,” says Aracri. The new data also reveals younger patients are less likely to follow up with specialists, missing a valuable opportunity. “Of course preventative care - going to the doctor, getting those tests,” says Aracri. Detecting diabetes early and treating it properly provides the best chance of keeping a normal lifestyle. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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      • Five Signs That Could be Symptoms of Diabetes

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        The numbers are surely attention getting: nearly 7 million Americans have undiagnosed diabetes. What gets less notice are the early warning signs. “If they’re not going to their doctor, if they’re not seeing their physician they’re not having those lab works, they’re not reporting their signs they could just be going along with their normal daily activities,” says Melanie Aracri, a certified diabetes educator for Lee Memorial Health System. All too often patients show up at a hospital in a health crisis and find out they have highly elevated blood sugar. New studies find 1 in 10 heart attack patients may have undetected diabetes. We’ve broken down 5 warnings signs that should get your attention. “The three classic signs of high blood sugar, we call them the three “P”s: polyphagia, polydipsia, and polyuria. Those are increased thirst, increased hunger, and increased urination,” says Aracri. It’s easy to minimize increased thirst, especially when it’s hot. And frequent urination seems to naturally follow. But experts say it could be our body’s way of flushing extra glucose. “The kidney has to work really hard to get that blood sugar out, that blood glucose out when it’s high,” says Aracri. Wounds that don’t heal could be another warning sign. “The body’s not able to fight that infection because of that extra glucose in the system,” says Aracri. Frequent yeast or urinary tract infections may also be a red flag many people fail to consider. The earlier diabetes is picked up, the easier it is to avoid complications. “it’s a learning how to adapt your eating pattern, your meal plan to your lifelong activities and daily habits,” says Aracri. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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