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Diabetes: Know the Warning Signs and Steps to Care

The American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 37 million Americans have diabetes, representing more than 11% of the population. And 8.5 million of them are undiagnosed. If diabetes is not quickly diagnosed and managed, it can lead to loss of vision, kidney failure, heart disease, increased risk for infections and worse. In 2019, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Additionally, around 100 million Americans aged 18 and older have prediabetes. Recognizing the warning signs of diabetes and scheduling preventive screenings and exams are key to managing the disease.

Diabetes Prevention

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“Preventing and Managing Diabetes” focuses on pre-diabetes education, preventive screenings and exams for patients with pre-diabetes and diabetes, and general diabetes management. It’s all to help you improve your health, manage your disease and live life to the fullest.

The webinar, recorded live on August 24, 2023, featured expert insights on:

  • The importance of preventive screenings and exams for patients with pre-diabetes or diabetes
  • Warning signs of diabetes, such as unexplained weight gain or loss, increased thirst, fatigue or family history
  • When to seek care
  • What questions to ask your provider

About the Experts

Amy Van Hoveln, RN, BSN, CDCES, is a patient care coordinator for the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network. She is a certified diabetes educator, responsible for engaging with patients after hospital or emergency discharges or who are identified through their health care plan as someone who may benefit from support. Van Hoveln has Type 1 diabetes herself and finds a personal connection in her work and the opportunity to support others.

Lauren Shaw, RN, BSN, CDCES, is a diabetes care coordinator for the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network. She has been a registered nurse for 17 years and is certified as a diabetes care and education specialist.

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