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Type 2 diabetes: Recognize the symptoms and know who’s at risk

stop diabetesNovember is National Diabetes Awareness Month. It’s estimated that 86 million Americans are at risk for developing diabetes. It is a disease that can be treated, managed, and prevented with proper care and awareness. 

Type 2 diabetes is more often diagnosed, compared to type 1 diabetes. Common symptoms include:  

  • Frequent urination  
  • Increased thirst and hunger 
  • Weight loss 
  • Fatigue 
  • Blurred vision  
  • Slow-healing sores or frequent infections  
  • Areas of darkened skin (in the folds and body creases) 

While anyone can develop type 2 diabetes, some have higher risk factors than others.  

  • Being overweight. One of the primary risk factors is weight. Too much fatty tissue causes cells to become more resistant to insulin.  
  • Fat distribution. People who store fat in the abdomen are at higher risk than those who store fat elsewhere, such as hips or thighs.  
  • Family history. You are at higher risk if a parent or sibling also has diabetes.  
  • Race. People of certain races, including African-American, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian American, have an increased chance of developing diabetes.  
  • Age. After age 45 the risk increases, perhaps because people may tend to exercise less and gain weight as they age.  
  • Prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where you have higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not so high as to be classified as type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, the condition can progress to type 2 diabetes.  
  • Gestational diabetes. A mom who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant, or who gave birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more carries a higher risk.  

 If you have noticed any of the above symptoms or identify with one of the high risk factors, talk to your doctor about scheduling a glucose-screening test today.  

Carolina Specialty Care, PA, is pleased to welcome Kristen L. Pawlowski, MSN, FNP-BC – Pain Management

Image_005_smallKristen L. Pawlowski, MSN, FNP-BC

Kristen is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 18 years of nursing experience. Her background includes Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and Internal Medicine. In addition to her clinical experience Kristen has an academic background that includes two Bachelor’s degrees {BA in Psychology from Boston University & BS in Nursing from Sacred Heart University) and a Master of Science degree from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program of Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT.

Kristen is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is licensed by the states of New York, Connecticut and North Carolina to provide family centered healthcare to patients of all ages. She also holds certifications in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life support. Kristen has re-located from New York to be near family. She believes in developing a long lasting and trusting relationship with her patients by taking the time to understand their particular needs. Kristen is working in the specialty of Pain Management.