When your blood glucose concentration becomes too high, the medical condition is known as diabetes and can cause a host of significant health issues over time. While the primary types of diabetes are classified as type 1 and type 2, there is also another kind that is known as gestational diabetes.
It is estimated that over twenty-three million Americans are diagnosed with the said disease, that is, 7.2% of the population in the country. Furthermore, it is also estimated that over seven million adults remain undiagnosed, which is 23.8% or over three times the individuals diagnosed with the said condition.
An estimated one and a half million new diabetes cases were diagnosed among the Americans aged eighteen years or older in 2015, including nearly one-hundred and ninety-three thousand adolescents and children aged less than twenty years.
While diabetes can affect different parts of your body and give rise to serious health complications, such as stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation of the lower-limb, accessing diabetes health care services beforehand to know about how to prevent or manage the disease will help you continue leading a normal life. Our primary care center in Homer Glen, which is among the most respected facilities in the city, is frequently visited by an increasing number of patients from Lockport, Orland Park, Mokena, Lisle, Frankfort and other nearby regions.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
A broad range of symptoms can be associated with diabetes. When you are affected by type 2 diabetes, you may experience the following symptoms.
- Low energy
- Feeling of hunger or thirst more often
- Mood change
- Change in vision
- Unexpected weight loss
- Frequent urination
Why would I have diabetes?
When the insulin your body faces difficulty in transporting blood glucose to the cells, it results in type 2 diabetes. The cells in your body need glucose and so you may feel fatigued because your body will draw on the fat stored instead of energy. This also leads to unexpected weight loss. When glucose does not move into your cells, it winds up in your bloodstream thereby resulting in diabetes.
What are the risk factors of diabetes?
The chance of having diabetes increases when you have certain risk factors. When you experience some symptoms of diabetes, Dr. Chakrabarti will run some tests to check if you have this disease. The risk factors for this disease include the following.
- Family history of type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure and cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Obesity or even overweight
- High triglycerides
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Gestational diabetes
The risk of having diabetes also increases when you age and therefore it is important to get diagnosed so that proper management can be done at the right time.
What happens when your diabetes is out of control?
When you are diagnosed with diabetes it is important that you keep a check on it. When your blood glucose level is not under control, the risk of developing heart problems increases along with other cardiovascular diseases. Permanent nerve damage, especially in your feet, is also another issue when you do not keep your blood sugar levels under control. The risk of permanent loss of vision, as well as kidney damage, tends to increase with uncontrolled diabetes.
What to do to manage diabetes?
Dr. Chakrabarti will guide you in managing your blood glucose level. The method of treatment will include checking your blood glucose level on a regular basis and using insulin to decrease the blood glucose level to the desired level. Dr. Chakrabarti shall also guide you with changes in your diet and your lifestyle that will be beneficial in the long run also.