Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way glucose and insulin functions in the body. Heal 360 Primary & Urgent Care helps patients prevent, manage, and treat diabetic conditions. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of diabetes, visit one of the offices in Plano, Allen, Frisco and Wylie, Texas, today. You can also book an appointment by phone or online.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that causes the body to produce little to no insulin. Insulin is an important hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates levels of sugar in the blood. Without insulin, your body can’t move glucose from the blood into cells, resulting in high blood sugar.
The exact cause of Type 1 diabetes is unknown. In most cases, the immune system attacks the pancreas, limiting insulin production. Experts believe genetics play a role in the condition.
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes changes to the way the body metabolizes sugar. With Type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or has become resistant to the hormone. Type 2 diabetes is also referred to as adult-onset diabetes. Obesity and an inactive lifestyle are the biggest risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are typically more sudden and severe. Patients with Type 2 diabetes often experience no symptoms in the early stages of the condition. Symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:
Type 1 diabetes is referred to as juvenile diabetes because the symptoms often occur during childhood. Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults over 40, although children are also diagnosed.
There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed through a number of treatment methods. Managing diabetes involves:
Diabetes requires comprehensive treatment. You and your doctor discuss your condition and develop a treatment plan that works for you. Although there’s no cure, diabetes can be consistently and successfully managed with the right medications and lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle factors like obesity and inactivity increase your risk for Type 2 diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, you can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
To speak with a doctor about managing your diabetes, visit one of the Heal 360 offices or book an appointment by phone or online.