Diabetes is associated with severe morbidity and premature death, according to Fonda McKneely, RN liaison with Pointe Coupee Homebound Health.

November is diabetes month.

The disease increases a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage and eye and skin complications.

High blood sugars can cause problems in many parts of the body. Managing diabetes day-to-day is extremely important to prevent or delay complications.

Pointe Coupee General Hospital has a certified diabetes care and education specialist ready to help you take control of diabetes today.

To schedule an appointment, call (225) 638-5717. This service is provided free of charge by Pointe Coupee General Hospital.

Many of the symptoms of diabetes go undetected because they seem harmless.

Oftentimes, people with Type 2 diabetes have no symptoms. Some signs and symptoms of both Type 1 and 2 diabetes are: frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue and irritability.

Also, frequent infections or recurring skin, gum or bladder infections, blurred vision, cuts/bruises that are slow to heal and tingling/numbness in the hands or feet.

Any one or more of these symptoms should be reported to your doctor immediately.

Lifestyle changes, such as moderate weight loss and increased physical activity, can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes among adults at high risk, and are effective interventions to reduce the incidence of diabetes complications.

Making just a few small changes can have a positive influence on health.

Diabetes care and education specialists provide collaborative, comprehensive, and person-centered care and education to people with diabetes and cardiometabolic conditions.

They have a body of knowledge and skills in the biological and social sciences, communication, counseling and education.

They also have experience in the care of people with diabetes and related conditions.