If you have diabetes, your blood sugar, or blood glucose, is too high. People with Type 1 diabetes don’t make enough insulin. Without enough insulin, glucose stays in your blood, causing many serious health problems.
Without management, Type 1 diabetes can lead to:
Though Type 1 diabetes has no cure, it's highly manageable.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In people with Type 2 diabetes, the body does not make or use insulin efficiently. Too much insulin in the blood causes a variety of serious health issues affecting the eyes, heart, kidneys, and other organs.
Type 2 diabetes risk factors include age, heredity, obesity, and lack of exercise. By addressing these risk factors, Type 2 is preventable.
Diagnosing diabetes begins with your annual wellness exam. Dr. Velazquez checks for common symptoms of diabetes, which include:
He then orders blood tests for more information. If a diabetes diagnosis is confirmed, your treatment plan will include:
Patients with Type 1 diabetes monitor their blood sugar on a regular basis. Dr. Velazquez also recommends at-home blood sugar testing for some patients with Type 2.
Patients with diabetes who exercise frequently benefit with more stable blood sugar levels. Exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, often stopping the progression of Type 2 diabetes.
People with Type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin. They supplement insulin as needed with a pen, pump, or syringe.
Nutrition is an essential tool for diabetes management. Knowing how different foods impact your blood sugar levels allows you to make smart dietary choices.
Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming. Dr. Velazquez provides constant, ongoing support to help you manage diabetes.
Many people unknowingly live with diabetes for years without recognizing the symptoms. That's why annual wellness exam screenings are so important. You should also report any new symptoms to Dr. Velazquez, no matter how minor they may seem.
For a full health screening, call Velazquez Medical Practice or book your appointment online today.
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