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Diabetes Awareness Month

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By Dulce Ruelas
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Public health is about health promotion and education. However, sometimes prevention discussion is needed to stop the exacerbation of a chronic condition or creation of co-morbidities. The conversation that surrounds diabetes is a combination of these terms.  Being a college student with diabetes can be cumbersome but manageable. Whether you are living on campus or commuting to classes, note that juggling diabetes and college life is possible.

The American Diabetes Association states that there are over 84.1 million Americans ages 18 and older that have prediabetes, however, there are about 193, 000 Americans under the age of 20 that have been diagnosed with diabetes. Did you know that is about .024% of the population?  Become more aware of the diabetic symptoms if you have been diagnosed so that you are correctly treating this condition or if you have not been diagnosed here is what to look for:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

I also encourage you to reflect on your mental health. There are natural emotions like stress, sadness, anger and maybe even denial. However, learn to understand your body for proper self-care of enduring diabetes and being an active and productive college student.

Look at this fact sheet for understand modifications and assistance in college: http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/Advocacy/Discrimination/fact-sheet-diabetes-and-postsecondary-education.pdf

Need some strategies to deal with stress?
http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/mental-health/stress.html

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About Dulce Ruelas, MPH, CHES, CBC
Instructor, Master of Public Health Program

Dulce Maria Ruelas was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with her mother at the age of four. She is dedicated to the promotion of health education and has been an activist for human rights and public health to the Latino populations for the past 15 years.  She has worked and volunteered at grass-roots and non-profit organizations that advocate for the Latinos in promotion of health education.  Ms. Ruelas is currently an instructor in the Masters of Public Health Program.

Over the years Ms. Ruelas worked with a variety of disparate populations like the migrant and seasonal farmworkers, homeless, foster infant and children, substance exposed infants and children to immigrant and low income families. She has worked across all 15 Arizona State counties and in Chicago, Illinois to find health and dental services for pregnant women and children. She is also a breastfeeding counselor. Lastly, she is improving collaboration and community capacity in the areas of access to preventive health care, health information and health resources for children and their families by being a steering committee member with the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County, City of Phoenix Head Start Policy Council, and board member of the Mountain Park Health Centers.