Affecting over 34 million adults in the United States, diabetes is a major cause of kidney complications, vision loss, and even dementia. At West Plano Medical Associates, Safoora Harandi, MD, Sarah Guido-NP and Julie Ramus-NP , specializes in diabetes management for prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. To learn more about diabetes, its complications, and how to manage it, call the office in Plano, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic group of diseases that affect your metabolism. In order to understand your diagnosis, you need a basic understanding of how your cells get and use energy.
Glucose, or blood sugar, rises soon after you eat. This increase signals your pancreas to release insulin, a hormone that helps deliver glucose into your cells. Your cells then use the glucose for energy.
There are two main types of diabetes, which impact this process in slightly different ways:
Type 1 diabetes occurs because your pancreas can’t make insulin at all. This is because your immune system attacks the insulin-making cells in your pancreas.
You can get a type 1 diabetes diagnosis at any age, and it affects only 5-10% of all diabetes patients.
If you have type 2 diabetes, it means your body can’t use the insulin it produces adequately. In most cases, the diagnosis happens in adulthood.
This type of diabetes has strong links with obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and a sedentary lifestyle. However, not all cases include these factors.
Prediabetes often comes before type 2 diabetes and is reversible. Gestational diabetes is similar to type 2 but occurs during pregnancy. Usually, it resolves after childbirth but it increases your risk for type 2 diabetes later on.
Diabetes, especially type 2, doesn’t always cause discernible symptoms. If you’re at a higher than average risk, you should get your blood sugar tested regularly.
The early signs and symptoms that can occur with diabetes vary. You might experience:
If you receive a diabetes diagnosis, you’ll have to work closely with a provider you trust to develop a management plan.
West Plano Medical Associates can teach you how to monitor your blood sugar and manage your condition to avoid complications like cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney problems, and vision loss.
Managing your diabetes is much simpler with a trusted physician by your side. The providers at West Plano Medical Associates are dedicated to helping you navigate life with diabetes using several approaches.
Depending on the type of diabetes you have, its severity, and your overall health, they may recommend:
Lifestyle changes are an essential part of any diabetes management plan. Your provider encourages you to incorporate healthy foods into your diet and minimize sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates. You should also get some physical activity as part of your plan.
All type 1 diabetes patients, and some with type 2, must take insulin in order to manage their diabetes. West Plano Medical Associates teaches you how to take your insulin effectively.
Other medications can stimulate insulin production, inhibit glucose release from your liver, or otherwise affect you in a way that improves your condition.
To schedule your consultation for diabetes management, call West Plano Medical Associates or book online today.