Thursday, November 13, 2014

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Did you know that about one out of every 11 people have diabetes? That comes out to 29.1 million people. But, about one out of every four people with diabetes don’t know they have it. That is about 8 million people.

November is American Diabetes Month and doctors with Summit Endocrinology are encouraging people to be aware of possible symptoms and risk factors.

“Undiagnosed diabetes can lead to other health complications, but if we catch the disease early, an Endocrinologist can help you with treatment and management options,” said Dr. Jose Galindo of Summit Endocrinology.

According to Galindo, common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Frequent urinating
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating often
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet

Risk factors for Type II Diabetes include:

  • Family history
  • Overweight
  • Poor eating habits
  • Sedentary lifestyle – not active
  • High blood pressure
  • Over the age of 40
  • Diabetes with a previous pregnancy

 “Although there is no cure, it can be managed,” said Dr. Galindo. “So, please, talk to your doctor about your risks for diabetes or symptoms you may be experiencing.”

Summit Endocrinology is located at 12 St. Paul Dr., Chambersburg, and offers diabetes management, diabetes education and nutrition counseling. Call (717) 217-6820 to make an appointment.

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community. As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.

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