Diabetes is a disease where your body’s glucose levels are elevated, thus effecting the hormone, insulin in return. Diabetes can result in serious health risks, including but not limited to blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations and nerve damage. The disease is classified into three different categories: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body does not naturally produce insulin, therefore your body enters fight mode and the immune systems attacks and kills the cells that normally make insulin in the pancreas.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body either does not make insulin or does not use it efficiently. It is most common amongst people that are middle aged or older. When your body lacks insulin, the glucose remains in your blood causing high blood sugar.
Gestational diabetes develops during a woman’s pregnancy. Since gestational diabetes raises your blood sugar, it can cause problems with your baby’s health. Most times after delivery blood sugar levels return to normal.
If you have symptoms of diabetes, it’s important to get tested right away so you can start managing the disease. Symptoms include:
- Being very thirsty
- Urinating a lot
- Feeling very hungry
- Feeling very tired
- Losing weight without trying
- Having sores that are slow to heal
- Having dry, itchy skin
- Losing feeling in or tingling in the hands or feet
- Having blurry vision
- Having more infections than usual
Our team at I Hart Health will work with you to help you get diabetes under control and get you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Changing your diet, excercising regularly, and medication are all things that we will discuss in order to improve your overall health.
To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our services, please call I Hart Health at (845) 559-3283.
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