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WoodmenLife Tower raising awareness about diabetes

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 13:52:27-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — To help raise awareness about diabetes and the risks associated with it, the WoodmenLife tower will be lit blue in recognition of World Diabetes Day.

From WoodmenLife's release about the lighting:

Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke in the United States, but early detection can help prevent serious complications. By lighting the Tower tonight, WoodmenLife hopes to raise awareness of the major impact diabetes can have on individuals and their families. Learn more at the World Diabetes Day website [worlddiabetesday.org].

The May Clinic lists the following as symptoms of diabetes:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Presence of ketones in the urine (ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there's not enough available insulin)
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections, such as gums or skin infections and vaginal infections

They say you should see a doctor if:

  • If you suspect you or your child may have diabetes. If you notice any possible diabetes symptoms, contact your doctor. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.
  • If you've already been diagnosed with diabetes. After you receive your diagnosis, you'll need close medical follow-up until your blood sugar levels stabilize.