Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wis.  –  HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are educating the community about diabetes prevention and management during National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the International Diabetes Federation, more than 463 million adults throughout the world currently have diabetes. That equates to one in 11 people living with the disease.  

Most cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity and a healthy and balanced diet. 

“Symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly and can be subtle,” says Jamie Wright, manager of specialty services, which includes dialysis at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “One in two people with the disease have no symptoms. That's why it's important to know the signs so you can watch for even small changes.”

Talk with your doctor if any of these symptoms persist:

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Feeling hungry, even when eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in hands and feet

You doctor can evaluate your risk level and complete bloodwork which can diagnose the disease. A consultation with a clinical dietitian or diabetes educator may also help identify ways to reduce your risk factors. You can also take a one-minute Diabetes Risk Test through the American Diabetes Association at: diabetes.org/risk-test

For more information about diabetes, visit: worlddiabetesday.org

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About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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HSHS Wisconsin
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