LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As you think about your day, we hope that you think differently about some of the choices you'll have today. 

Type 2 Diabetes is very prevalent and most importantly, can be prevented. About 14.8 percent of the population in Arkansas has diabetes, approximately 363,000 people. An estimated 75,000 people have diabetes and don't know it.

Diabetes symptoms may occur over time or they may appear quickly. 

Some general warning signs of diabetes are:

  • extreme thirst
  • dry  mouth
  • frequent urination
  • blurred vision
  • wounds take longer to heal

Tips to help control diabetes complications include: 

  • diet 
  • exercise
  • medications

Type 2 diabetes is also growing in children as there is a rise in childhood obesity due to a lack of physical activity, poor food choices, and high consumption of sugary beverages. 

For more information about diabetes care with Baptist Health, click here. 

Type 2 diabetes discussion with Baptist Health

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