If you are overweight and over 45 years old, or if you have other risk factors, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family history of diabetes, or you are of African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander descent, it’s important to be tested for diabetes. Many people with diabetes don’t develop any symptoms, or they develop them so slowly they go unnoticed. Warning signs for diabetes include increased thirst and appetite, fatigue, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision, and sores that don’t heal.
If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll have to regularly monitor your blood sugar level. Keeping a log is very important, because it gives your doctor a good understanding of how your body is responding to the treatment plan. Ask your doctor if you should be using a home monitor, find out what numbers are too high and too low for you, and find out what to do if your numbers fall outside of that safe range.
If you need help, we help find the right program for you and we get you answers fast by providing individualized assistance with applications, eligibility screening, and documentation. Visit our Angelina County Connects location at 503 Hill Street, Lufkin or call (936) 633-1442.