Diabetes warning signs: Your body’s check engine light is on!

You have not been feeling quite right lately.
You are tired and you aren’t sure why.
You’ve been extra thirsty and craving sweets more.
You’ve gained weight around your midsection and your clothes are fitting a little tighter.

These are signs of prediabetes, which means you may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and may benefit from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Prevention Program offered at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

A simple blood test will show whether this 16-week, complimentary program is right for you. Ask your primary care physician to have your blood glucose checked. The A1C blood test provides information about your average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 2 to 3 months. Think of the trip to the laboratory as a tune-up.  Do you ignore the check engine light in your car when it comes on or do you make an appointment with your mechanic to see what the problem is?

At an A1C of 5.7, your check engine light is on. An A1C range of 5.7 to 6.4 is considered pre-diabetic. Just like the check engine light makes you aware there is a problem in your car, the symptoms you are experiencing is your body’s way of telling you that there is a problem.  Your pancreas is being taxed and it might be unable to produce the insulin needed to utilize the food you eat, or your body might not respond to insulin properly.  

Do not continue driving with your check engine light on.

Check the website to find out when the next class  is available. Visit www.healthquest.org/diabetes for more information.

Marie Monroe is one of the lifestyle coaches leading Northern Dutchess Hospital’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. She is also an exercise specialist at the hospital’s Wellness Center and walks to work every day from the Village of Rhinebeck.