In the United States, roughly one-third of adults over 18 have some type of diabetes. It’s a chronic condition that you’ll need to manage throughout your life, but with the right treatments and lifestyle changes, you can continue living your life to the fullest. Douglas Walker, DO, PC, offers diabetic education and treatment for diabetes at his clinic in Garland, Utah. To learn more about diabetes, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by consistently high levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood. If you have diabetes, your body has trouble processing and using all of the sugar from your diet. If you don’t manage the disease, it puts you at a higher risk for serious health complications like heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage, and even dental diseases.
There are several types of diabetes. Your type depends on the cause of your high blood sugar levels, and treatments vary between the types.
You may develop one of the three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational.
The development of Type 1 diabetes is out of your control. If you have Type 1, your body doesn’t produce insulin, a substance that helps your body process sugars into energy for your cells.
With Type 2 diabetes, your body produces insulin, but it can’t keep up with the amount of sugar in your blood. Type 2 is strongly linked with obesity and often develops as a result of an unhealthy diet or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
Prediabetes is a condition that develops before Type 2. If Dr. Walker determines that you have prediabetes, you can make lifestyle changes to avoid getting Type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes develops while you’re pregnant. In most cases, it goes away after you give birth.
Anyone with Type 1 diabetes and some patients with Type 2 diabetes needs to take insulin to keep their blood sugar levels within a normal range. You’ll also need to regularly check your blood sugar levels with a home test kit. There are several other medications that Dr. Walker may prescribe for you to manage your blood sugar, too.
If you have Type 2, Dr. Walker may also recommend that you change your diet and get some exercise throughout the week. He gives you nutritional counseling to help manage your blood sugar and weight.
If you need expert diabetic education and treatments for any type of diabetes, call Dr. Walker or schedule your appointment online today.