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What is diabetes?

Insulin is a hormone that helps cells absorb sugar. 

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, which typically develops in childhood, and Type 2 diabetes, which is the more common form and usually develops in adulthood.

Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and urination, fatigue, blurred vision, and slow healing of cuts and wounds. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This form of diabetes is not preventable and cannot be cured. Treatment for Type 1 diabetes typically involves insulin injections and careful monitoring of blood sugar levels.

Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is often caused by lifestyle factors such as being overweight, eating an unhealthy diet, and not getting enough physical activity. It can often be prevented or managed through lifestyle changes such as weight loss, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. Medications may also be prescribed to help control blood sugar levels.

The good news is that diabetes can be managed with proper treatment and lifestyle changes. People with diabetes can lead healthy and active lives by monitoring their blood sugar levels, taking medications as prescribed, and making healthy lifestyle choices.

It is important for people to be aware of their risk for diabetes and to talk to their healthcare provider about getting tested. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent serious complications.

In summary, diabetes is a serious medical condition in which the body is unable to properly regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. There are two main types, Type 1 and Type 2, and they have different causes. It is important to be aware of the symptoms, risk factors and to have regular checkups to prevent and manage diabetes.

For more information on this topic, please reach out to us at RescueMD at 972-390-7667. We are an internal medicine, weight loss and women’s health practice. We serve Allen, Frisco, Mckinney, Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas. In addition to physicians, we also have registered dietitians and personal trainers on staff to treat and manage most cases.

 

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