Diabetic Signs and Symptoms to Watch for in the Community

The diabetic signs and symptoms are recognizable. Whether it's excessive thirst and hunger, frequent urination, weight loss and itchy rash in the fold of the skin, these can be detected in meetings, get-togethers and just casual meetings. So the community has a role to play in helping its members get healthier.

Who can help in the community when diabetic signs and symptoms are noticeable? Everyone can do his share from the individuals to organizations, diabetes experts and other health professionals. There will be tools to help the community take action in order to control the disease.

Individuals do not need a background in order to participate in this community endeavor. They do not have to be experts at recognizing the diabetic signs and symptoms. You can place information in bulletin boards in grocery stores, beauty shops, libraries and many other places.

You can even make a pamphlet with the facts on diabetes such as the diabetic signs and symptoms for people in your community. Organizing a community walk for health is another example. Or like me, you can start a website to organize all the data out there and spread the word that it is available.

How about the community organizations? These can spearhead diabetes control projects starting with recognizing the diabetic signs and symptoms. From there, they can involve neighbors, family members, churches, professional associations, clubs and others to get involved in the community where they live.

Of course the diabetes experts and health professionals have a special role. For one thing, they can better recognize the diabetic signs and symptoms. These are such valuable community resources that should be tapped to engage in diabetes promotion and intervention activities.

What message should the community send to people with diabetes? They should know that diabetes is common, serious, costly, but controllable. They should know among other things the diabetic signs and symptoms, who's at risk and what resources are available.

What are these resources, you asked? Well, there are diabetes education classes and information on such topics as the diabetic signs and symptoms. There are also health services and screenings. Perhaps like in Clearwater, Florida, they have transportation assistance. There are also nutrition and physical activity classes. There might even be prescription assistance programs.

Let's take this resource one step at a time. There are so many resources available in the community, we could get overwhelmed and give up before we even get to start. The community can encourage people with diabetes to take action in order to take control of the disease and its complications. How? The community can help them do the following:

  • Learn all there is to learn about diabetes. The hospitals, associations, websites have all the information they need.
  • Be active and keep moving by dancing, swimming, walking. The community recreation departments and senior centers will have activities.
  • Get support and help from hospitals, diabetes associations, and websites such as this.
  • Consult a health care team regularly to get their blood sugar numbers, regular health checks of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood fat tests, and to have their eyes, feet and kidneys checked at least once a year but more often if necessary.
  • Monitor the blood glucose regularly.
  • Get A1c test twice a year.
  • Eat healthy meals with the help of diabetes associations, the university's nutrition department, cooking school, and websites.
  • Keep the seniors healthy by walking, eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables to prevent diabetes.
  • Take medicines as the doctor ordered.
  • Talk to the health care team about how they feel and ask questions on anything for clarification.

There you have some of the things the community can do to help those who need information on such things as the diabetic signs and symptoms (sometimes misspelled as symtoms or symptons). If you have positive experiences in the community regarding this topic, please share them with us by filling in this contact form so we can motivate others to do the same.

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