Three Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Because its symptoms can be difficult to identify, diabetes can cause a number of problems before it’s diagnosed. Your body’s cells rely on glucose to give them energy, but, if you’ve got diabetes, your body cannot handle high blood glucose.

As your body digests carbohydrates, fruits and other foods with high sugar content, it creates glucose. Once it’s created, glucose moves through your blood. Your body relies on insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) to turn glucose into energy. However, those with diabetes do not produce usable insulin, so they must rely on injections of the hormone.

Unfortunately, 9% of the United States population suffers from diabetes. If you’re one of the 29 million people that’s developed diabetes, but are unaware, there are three major signs you should not ignore.

  1. Frequent Urination: Anything more than 3 liters a day is considered abnormal and should be taken seriously. (Normal daily urine output is anywhere from one to two liters.)
  2. Increased Thirst: If you feel thirsty constantly despite taking in an adequate amount of water each day, it may be a sign of diabetes. It is recommended that if you experience increased thirst for a number of days, you should seek medical care to get tested for diabetes.
  3. Increased Appetite: Although increased appetite could be a result of intense exercise, it may also be a symptom of diabetes. When a heightened appetite is linked to diabetes, the feeling will not go away, even after you’ve eaten.

When left untreated, diabetes symptoms can lead to life-threatening metabolic crises. Complications from diabetes include nerve damage, kidney damage, poor blood circulation and even death.

If you’re concerned you may have diabetes, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

 

 

 

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5 Healthier Options for Thanksgiving Dinner

Roasted Thanksgiving TurkeyThanksgiving dinner is notorious for high-calorie dishes, such as yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. While this meal should be a splurge, there are a few minor changes you can make to the traditional Thanksgiving dishes that will help lighten up your meal. Try any of the following simple, healthier options for a meal that both your taste buds and your waistline will love.

Healthier Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

It’s not Thanksgiving without yams or sweet potatoes. This casserole utilizes an egg, instead of butter, to make the potatoes creamy. Pecans on top add an extra pop of protein for a healthy crunch.

Sauteed Carrots

This simple 15-minute dish is not only delicious, but it’s healthy too. Paired with a little butter and chopped fresh dill, these carrots are chock-full of nutrients so your guests will have a dish they’ll feel good about eating.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Adding some salty, crispy bacon to this healthy side of Brussels sprouts will make it feel like more of a treat than a healthy option. Trade regular bacon for turkey bacon for an even healthier dish.

Crunch Vegetables and Ranch Dip

Instead of putting out crackers and dip before the meal begins, consider raw vegetables with a ranch-style dip. Because most people munch mindlessly while talking, this is a much healthier option to have lying around.

Vegan Apple Pie

Pie is one of the most loved Thanksgiving desserts there is. This lightened-up apple pie recipe let’s you have your cake (or pie) and eat it too. And if you’re really feeling like a splurge, top it off with some vanilla ice cream and a dash of cinnamon.

If you’re looking for more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.