Diabetes is a condition where the body either doesn’t produce sufficient insulin (type 1 diabetes) or doesn’t process insulin properly (type 2 diabetes). Insulin is the hormone that helps the body transfer glucose from the bloodstream into the body. It helps regulate a person’s blood sugar and energy levels. Type 2 diabetes is more common, with approximately 95% of diagnoses. Type 2 diabetes is also typically diagnosed later in life and is linked to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Type 1 diabetes, on the other hand, is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and is linked to family medical history. Gestational diabetes can develop during pregnancy and is a danger to the mother and the baby. While the exact cause of gestational diabetes is unknown, the hormones produced by the placenta are known to block the action of insulin, causing insulin resistance.
According to the American Diabetes Association, the most common symptoms of diabetes include:
People with type 2 diabetes may only experience mild symptoms and not recognize that they are ill. It is important to have regular screenings as part of an annual checkup or physical. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment at Maiden Lane Medical for an assessment. The earlier diabetes is diagnosed, the easier and more effective treatment will be.
Unfortunately, diabetes can’t be cured. However, with good management including proper diet and medication, you can control the disease and its symptoms. Your doctor at Maiden Lane Medical will review your diet and exercise habits and will make suggestions for following a diet to keep your blood sugar balanced. You’ll get the help you need to develop a lifestyle plan for maintaining a healthy weight and increasing activity levels. Even moderate exercise like a brisk 30-minute walk will help your body burn glucose more efficiently. If necessary, medications may be prescribed to lower levels of blood sugar. It’s important to keep follow-up appointments and work in partnership with your doctor to monitor and manage your diabetes.