Diabetes: Awareness & Myths

Diabetes affects nearly everyone, and causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and aids combined.

So this November the focus is on education, management and prevention.

There are several different types of diabetes, but the most common forms are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. But when is comes to type 1 diabetes, gone are the days of the term "juvenile diabetes."  While it's still more likely to occur in children, doctors say adults are also being diagnosed with type 1.  And type 2 diabetes, is becoming more and more common in little ones.

"The reason for this,  is the obesity epidemic in this country. Type 2 diabetes is almost always associated with obesity. And 90 percent of people who have it are obese," said Dr. John Caras, Texoma Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.

Excessive thirst and increased urination are classic diabetes symptoms.  Diabetes symptoms sometimes involve your vision. High levels of blood sugar pull fluid from your tissues, including the lenses of your eyes. This affects your ability to focus.

Dr. Caras said the best way to protect yourself and manage the disease is weight control and weight loss. 

 Aimed to provide support and raise awareness of a disease, Market Street in Wichita Falls  is offering free glucose screenings each Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout November.