Being told you have diabetes may be unsettling, but it is a familiar condition. As a family practice physician with a focus on holistic health, Dr. Tania E. Velez in Velez Family Health at the Doctor Phillips area of Orlando, Florida, will help you manage your diabetes.
Diabetes is a medical condition which affects the human body’s ability to use food as energy. If you eat food, your body turns a portion of it into sugar, which your cells then use for energy. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, carries the glucose from your bloodstream into your cells.
People with diabetes either do not make insulin, or doesn’t work properly, causing the glucose to keep in the blood instead of getting to the cells. If you have diabetes A blood sugar test may ascertain.
There are two Kinds of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes: Your body doesn’t produce insulin, most often seen in children and treated with insulin shots
Type 2 diabetes: The body can’t use the insulin it makes properly, most commonly found in adults and treated with a combination of diet, exercise, and medication
Type 2 diabetes affects more people than Type 1 diabetes. Carrying a sedentary lifestyle and excess weight increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Frequent symptoms of diabetes include:
- Extreme thirst and frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bruises and cuts that are slow to cure
- Blurry vision
- Tingling in your feet or hands
If you’re experiencing these signs, call a check on your own blood glucose and the office for a test. An early diagnosis may help prevent diabetes-related complications like neurological damage or kidney disease.
The key to preventing complications and treating diabetes is to get your blood glucose. Dr. Velez makes it possible to improve blood glucose with a combination of diet, exercise, and medication.
Because excess weight increases your risk for Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Velez may suggest simple changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle to assist in weight loss, such as the importance of portion control and simple tips to fit in more action.
When needed Medicine is prescribed. People with Type 2 diabetes require oral drugs. Type 1 diabetes is managed by insulin shots.