Diabetes is a chronic condition requiring long-term management and care. With help from the team of expert physicians at Family Health Center of Bastrop, in Bastrop and Smithville, Texas, you can manage your diabetes and avoid health complications like vision loss and neuropathy. To find out if you have diabetes and start your plan, call Family Health Center of Bastrop or schedule an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic condition stemming from too much sugar, or glucose, in your blood. Your body relies on a hormone called insulin to regulate your blood sugar: it facilitates the conversion of glucose into energy for your cells. If you don’t produce enough insulin or if your body can’t use its insulin effectively, the elevated blood sugar levels can cause damage throughout your body.
There are several different types of diabetes with a few key differences:
Type 1 diabetes develops early in life. You might get a diagnosis in early childhood or adolescence. Experts believe it comes from an autoimmune reaction, meaning your immune system mistakenly attacks the cells that make insulin in your pancreas. There is no way to prevent this type.
Type 2 diabetes is often preventable or delayable. Your physician might diagnose you with prediabetes and encourage you to change your habits before type 2 diabetes develops. It occurs when your body can’t use its insulin effectively to regulate your blood sugar.
Gestational diabetes develops in pregnant women only. When you’re pregnant, your body can become less sensitive to insulin. While the condition usually goes away after childbirth, it puts you at a higher risk of later developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes usually comes with severe symptoms that appear very suddenly. In many cases, the warning signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes are mild and hard to notice. However, all types of diabetes come with a similar set of early signs and symptoms. They include:
You should report these symptoms to your provider at Family Health Center of Bastrop, even if they don’t seem too severe. Depending on the type of diabetes you have, you might experience additional symptoms.
The team at Family Health Center of Bastrop helps you manage your diabetes with a long-term treatment plan based on the type you have and certain lifestyle factors. For type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to take insulin every day. Insulin comes in injectable and inhalable forms, and your physician can help you decide which is best for you. You’ll also need to use a handheld device called a glucometer to measure your blood sugar and determine how much insulin you need.
For type 2 diabetes, you might need to take insulin or other medications too. However, many cases of type 2 diabetes are controllable with lifestyle changes alone. Your physician can help you develop a diet plan to lower your blood sugar and may encourage you to cut out alcohol from your diet. They might also encourage you to exercise regularly to improve your metabolism or lose weight.
For more information about diabetes management for any type, call Family Health Center of Bastrop or book an appointment online today.