What is Diabetes?

Glucose is a major source of energy for the cells in muscles and tissues, including the brain. For glucose to be utilized by these cells, insulin- a hormone secreted by the pancreas- is necessary. A person suffering from diabetes is either resistant to the insulin his/her body produces, or does not make insulin, resulting in high blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes, also called insulin-dependent diabetes, is caused by the body’s failure to produce insulin at all, and requires insulin injections. People with type 2 diabetes make insulin, but their bodies are resistant to it.

Since November is Diabetes Awareness month, here at AFC Urgent Care of Hartsdale, we encourage you to educate yourselves on the 7 warning signs of Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects more and more people each year. In the U.S alone, over 25 million people suffer from diabetes, and it is estimated that of those 25 million, approximately half of them are completely unaware of their condition.

If detected and treated in the early stages, diabetes can be managed. A considerable portion of treatment of diabetes involves minor changes in daily routines. Lifestyle changes such as eating well, exercising, not smoking, and limited alcohol consumption, can all help to control the effects of diabetes. Typically, in addition to a healthier lifestyle, an oral medication in necessary in order to control the body’s insulin levels.

If you notice that you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, we advise that you consult your doctor about diabetes screening. Early diagnosis and proper treatment can prevent the symptoms from manifesting into more serious, sometimes life threatening, medical complications

7 Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes:

  1. Blurry vision
  2. Unexplained weight loss
  3. Incessant thirst
  4. Increased urination
  5. Nerve pain or numbness in hands and or feet
  6. Constant hunger
  7. Cuts and infections that do not heal easily

 

If not managed early on, complications can ensue: severe kidney problems potentially leading to renal failure and the need for dialysis, premature heart attacks or strokes, cuts and infections that can lead to amputation, or serious nerve damage that can also lead to the amputation of the affected limb.

Diabetes should not be taken lightly. Diabetes is the number-one cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and and end stage renal disease (ESRD).

Again, we are currently in the middle of Diabetes Awareness Month. If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms previously mentioned or you have reason to suspect you might have type 2 diabetes, we urge that you come see us at Doctors express or go see your primary doctor where you can be screened usually with an A1C  Glucose test

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