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Understanding Diabetes and the Available Intervention Methods for the Condition

Statistics reveal that the number of people affected by diabetes in the US alone is more than 29 million. Therefore, there are high chances that you know someone suffering from the disease. They could be your relatives, friends, or a co-worker. Here, you will learn more about the disease and get pointed to the best El Centro diabetes facility to be tested and treated. 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a collection of diseases that impacts the way your body uses glucose in the blood. Glucose is a vital substance in your body as it is the source of energy for the body organs. Glucose is also crucial to the brain. The causes of diabetes vary by type. Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, it may lead to too much sugar in your blood, which is detrimental to your health.

Chronic diabetes comprises type 1 and 2 diabetes, while potentially reversible types of diabetes are prediabetes. This is when the blood sugar level is higher than average yet is not too high to be considered diabetes. The other reversible diabetes condition is called gestational diabetes. This one mostly occurs during pregnancy but can go back to normal as soon as the baby is born.

Women who have gestational diabetes may not show any symptoms initially. However, the condition is detected after the oral glucose tolerance test or a regular blood sugar test. The oral test for glucose tolerance is conducted between weeks 24 and 28 of pregnancy. In some cases, though rarely, a woman with this condition may experience increased urination or thirst. 

Signs and symptoms of diabetes

Symptoms of diabetes vary depending on the extent to which your blood sugar levels are elevated. Some patients, especially with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, may not initially experience diabetes symptoms, where those with type 1 diabetes symptoms come quickly and are severe. Some of the symptoms of type 1 and 2 diabetes include:

  • Extreme hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Ketones in your urine 
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent skin, gum, or vaginal infections

In addition to these, men may experience further different symptoms than women. For instance, they may experience erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, and low muscle strength. Women may experience urinary tract infections, yeast infection, and having dry and itchy skin.

Diabetes complications

Too much sugar levels in your blood damage the tissues and organs of your body. The higher the sugar level in your body, coupled with the time your body has to endure this, the greater the complications. Some common complications that have a close link with diabetes include: 

  • Neuropathy
  • Nephropathy
  • Hearing loss
  • Foot damage
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Loss of vision
  • Depression
  • Dementia

At Dr. Singh’s office, you will be treated to a welcoming and safe environment. The practice uses state of the art technology for quality medical care. Other treatments offered at Dr. Singh’s office include high blood pressure assistance, weight loss, and arthritis treatment. Book an appointment with your doctor to learn more about diabetes.