For Your Health - Understanding Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease where the body cannot make or respond to the hormone insulin correctly. This results in difficulties with metabolism (how your body turns food into energy); and increases levels of glucose (sugar) in blood and urine.
There are three main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes- your body does not make enough insulin and insulin is needed to turn glucose from the food you eat into energy for your body. You need to take insulin every day to live.
- Type 2 Diabetes- your body does not make or use insulin well and you have to take medicine (pills or insulin) to control your diabetes. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.
- Gestational Diabetes- some women get gestational diabetes when they are pregnant; it often goes away after she gives birth.
In 2015, 30 million Americans had diabetes and it is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that 7 million Americans have diabetes and are unaware!To avoid the negative effects of diabetes, it is important that individuals regularly work with a doctor or medical provider. Diabetes can be managed through diet, exercise, and sometimes, medication. When diabetes is not managed, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, eye problems, nerve damage, kidney problems, and disease or infections of the teeth and gums.
Wheeler Clinic can help with diabetes management.
At Wheeler, individuals can attend an intake or appointment with a doctor or medical provider for a diagnosis and to talk about how to best manage their disease through diet, exercise, and/or medication; individuals can receive education and support through care management; and individuals can also receive behavioral health services often needed when managing a chronic disease, such as diabetes.
- Wheeler's Online Resource Library has many articles about understanding diabetes and how to prevent and treat it.
- Clinicians.org provides many fact sheets about diabetes, including:
Statistics About Diabetes. (2017, July 19). Retrieved December 04, 2017, from http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/?loc=db-slabnav