Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that inhibit your body’s ability to process glucose, or blood sugar. The incurable disorder affects more than 30 million Americans but can be managed with careful treatment and healthy life habits. If you’re near the Clayton, Missouri, area, and you’re concerned you could have diabetes, or you have questions about managing the disease, call Personalized Direct Care or make an appointment online today to speak with Brij Vaid, MD.
Diabetes refers to a set of diseases that impact your body’s ability to process glucose, or blood sugar. Glucose is one of the building blocks of nutrition and a main source of fuel for your brain. Diabetes can lead to an excess of this sugar in the blood, leading to long-term health problems.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition you have from birth and occurs when your body does not produce an adequate amount of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows your body to absorb the glucose in your blood. Without enough insulin, sugar will build up in your bloodstream. Type 1 diabetes is not thought to be connected to your weight but is caused by a variety of genetic and environmental factors that aren’t fully understood yet.
Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood and is preceded by a phase known as prediabetes. This occurs when your cells begin to build a resistance to insulin and its effects, which causes insulin to build up in the bloodstream. Over time, it will usually develop into full Type 2 diabetes. If caught early, it’s possible to reverse the effects of prediabetes. It’s unclear exactly why people get Type 2 diabetes, but weight appears to be a strong factor.
Some women also experience what’s known as gestational diabetes, where your body produces extra hormones to contribute to the placenta. These can cause a temporary form of diabetes.
Step one with diabetes is a diagnosis. A blood-sugar screening is an easy way to make sure that your glucose and insulin levels are healthy and normal, so try to schedule a screening every few years. Some people need to be especially sure to get them regularly, including anyone:
If you fit this description, then look out for the symptoms of diabetes, including:
These can all be a sign that your body isn’t producing insulin properly, and can lead to serious complications down the road if left unaddressed.
In addition to diagnosing diabetes, Dr. Vaid and the team at Personalized Direct Care can help you get the right solution for you, whether that’s an insulin pump or injections, and can help you learn to confidently control your blood sugar.
Beyond treatment, you can fight your diabetes through weight loss with a personalized weight loss plan designed by Dr. Vaid, or you can be connected with a podiatrist for specialized shoes made for you right in the office.
To learn more about how you can get help managing diabetes, call Personalized Direct Care or book an appointment using the online tool.