November is Diabetes Awareness Month

By Falls Church Academy
Fall Features
November 15, 2018

Each month, students in the various Academy classes take on a health issue to educate others.  November is diabetes awareness month and will be supported by the Pharmacy Technician students. 

Signs to be aware of with diabetes are as noted on the Pharmacy Technician students poster:

  • Feeling hungry quite often.
  • Blurred Vision
  • Frequent Urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Difficult to heal infections
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Frequent or excessive thirst

Diabetes is a disease that affects your body's ability to produce or use insulin.  Insulin is a hormone.  When your body turns the food you eat into energy, insulin is released to help transport this energy to the cells.  If you produce little or no insulin, or are insulin resistant, too much sugar remains in your blood.  Blood glucose levels are higher than normal for individuals with diabetes.

Although diabetes has no cure, concerned individuals can take steps to manage it.  The recommendation is to see a doctor if diabetes might be a concern.

Wear blue on Friday's during the month of November in support of this issue.