While November’s Diabetes Awareness Month has come to a close, our team at Mason Park Medical Clinic is still on a mission to shine a spotlight on this critical health issue. This December and beyond, we’re keeping the awareness flame burning, doing all we can to make sure everyone is in the know. 

Diabetes affects over 37 million Americans each month. In fact, one out of 10 people are living with diabetes. With the prevalence of this illness, it’s essential to raise awareness and encourage healthy living so fewer people are diagnosed.

Whether you’re currently managing diabetes, know someone diagnosed, or know nothing about the illness, it’s important to educate yourself so you can learn how to recognize symptoms in yourself or others, as well as raise awareness.

Continue reading to learn more.

What You Should Know About Diabetes

Diabetes Types

There are different types of diabetes, with the most common being Type 1 and Type 2. Gestational diabetes can also affect those who are pregnant. Each type has its own risk factors, causes, and management approaches.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells, leading to a lifelong dependence on insulin for blood sugar control.

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance and impaired insulin production, often associated with obesity and lifestyle factors. 

Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and insulin resistance. It’s usually manageable with dietary adjustments and sometimes requires insulin therapy.

Risk Factors

Risk factors include genetics, age, poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, and certain medical conditions.


Symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, fatigue, and blurred vision. That being said, it is possible to be asymptomatic.


If diabetes goes untreated, it can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, eye problems, nerve damage, and even amputations.


While Type 1 is genetic, Type 2 can be prevented through a healthy diet and regular exercise.


Early diagnosis is key to effective diabetes management. Routine screenings, especially for individuals with risk factors, can help catch the condition in its early stages.

Medication and Insulin Management

Diabetes is usually managed through oral medications or insulin injections. Individuals need to stick to their prescribed treatment plans. This may also include regular doctor’s appointments.

Support and Education

Support groups and educational resources are available to individuals with diabetes and their loved ones. These can provide valuable information, guidance, and emotional support.

Awareness and Advocacy

National Diabetes Awareness Month is an opportunity to advocate for better public health policies, research funding, and increased awareness of diabetes. Participating in awareness activities and campaigns can make a difference.

Here at Mason Park Medical Clinic, we’re here to answer any questions you may have regarding diabetes as well as conduct screenings and health assessments. Our goal is to help you live your healthiest life.

If you’re interested in talking to one of our providers about diabetes screenings, treatments, or management, give us a call today.

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