What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects your metabolic system and how your body metabolizes the sugar and glucose it receives from your diet. A healthy body produces enough insulin, a hormone that converts glucose into energy, and uses this energy accordingly. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use it properly, which can lead to damagingly high glucose levels.
Type 1 diabetes is hereditary, which means that if your parents suffered the condition, you may be at increased risk. People with this condition don’t produce any insulin, and blood sugar levels are constantly high as the body can’t process the glucose. Although symptoms can start to appear in adulthood, they usually develop in adolescence and you should schedule an evaluation for your teenagers as well.
Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle. It often appears in people who lead sedentary office lives, who suffer from weight problems, and don’t do enough physical activity. Your body stops making enough insulin or doesn’t use it properly, leading to spikes in blood sugar levels.
If your blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be considered Type 2 diabetes, you may be in a prediabetes stage. Visit us at AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care in Tysons Corner so we can help you reverse this before it becomes diabetes.
Do I Have Diabetes?
You might be experiencing some symptoms of diabetes. Increased glucose levels lead to a list of worsening symptoms which can include:
You may also find that wounds take time to heal, and lead to recurring infections. If left unchecked, you may develop peripheral neuropathy, permanent nerve damage in the extremities, stroke and kidney disease.
At AllCare Family Medicine, diagnosis of diabetes involves a quick and simple blood test. Our experienced medical professionals can use these to measure your blood sugar levels on-site. If you have a family history of diabetes, you follow a poor diet or are overweight, our doctors may suggest you undergo the exam as part of your routine annual check-up.
At AllCare, we specialize in treating the patient, not the condition. Therefore, all treatment plans are uniquely adapted to your condition, lifestyle and specific needs.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you may be prescribed a pump or taught how to give yourself daily insulin injections to keep your glucose levels under control. Our caring staff will provide you with the necessary training and resources so that you can monitor your blood sugar levels from home.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, lifestyle changes may be enough to keep your blood sugar levels under control. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have suffered the condition for many years, the following can help manage your diabetes:
At AllCare, our weight management specialists can help you design a health plan and provide the support you need to enact the required changes. If you think you might be suffering from diabetes, don’t delay your recovery; come and visit us at AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care in Tysons Corner. Schedule your appointment using our online booking tool, call now or come to our center for a walk-in consultation.