Diabetes awareness holds key to health
Detection is greatest weapon against disease
The Health Clinic is in the process of providing diabetes testing for all students, but until then, they are working to educate students about common diabetes symptoms through pamphlets and posters in the University Center.
"Hopefully in the future, we can get the Student Nurse Association to offer testing for glucose levels, much like how they administer the flu vaccine," said David Rosipal, Special Events and Student Health Insurance associate director.
According to a document from the Health Clinic, 25.8 million Americans live with diabetes, and seven million Americans do not know they have the disease.
Freshman Katrina Simmons said diabetes education would help people make better decisions.
"Type Two diabetes is completely preventable," Simmons said. "Educating and testing would help people realize the problem before it's a problem."
Common symptoms of Type Two diabetes include blurred vision and excessive thirst, appetite and urination. Common symptoms of Type One diabetes include lethargy, stupor, bad breath, weight loss, problems breathing, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
While Type One diabetes is genetic, Type Two diabetes is preventable, Rosipal said.
If a person is pre-diabetic, a lifestyle change can prevent the disease, Rosipal said.
"They could exercise more and watch their diet," Rosipal said. "If they don't correct those lifestyle habits, the onset of diabetes just accelerates."
"We would like to encourage students to look at their lifestyle and see if they have any of the symptoms of pre-diabetes," Rosipal said. "If you do, come on in to the clinic."
While the clinic staff may not directly diagnose a student with Type One or Two diabetes, they can look at a student's blood glucose level and then refer students to a hospital or clinic who can do further testing, Rosipal said.
If students have any questions they are encouraged to call the Health Clinic at (325) 942-2171, stop by in person or go online at www.angelo.edu/health. Students can also like the Health Clinic on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @AngeloStateHS to keep up with the latest health-related news.
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