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Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when your is unable to make insulin or does not use insulin correctly to convert the blood glucose, also called blood sugar, into energy. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and helps the cells in the body use glucose for energy. When your body no longer makes insulin or if your body is unable to use insulin effectively, it results in blood glucose levels remaining elevated, which can lead to more health complications over time.
What is diabetes?
There are three common types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults; however, it can occur at any age and is thought to result from the immune system attacking the cells within the pancreas that produce insulin. People with type 1 diabetes will require daily doses of insulin.
Type 2 diabetes has become the most common type of diabetes and is present when your body does not use insulin correctly. It usually develops in adulthood, although it’s becoming more common in children. While genetic factors contribute to your risk of Type 2 diabetes, eating a poor diet and leading a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to the disease.
Gestational diabetes develops in some women when they are pregnant. Most of the time, this type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born. However, if you’ve had gestational diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
What are the types of diabetes?
The team at Reform ABQ uses blood and urine tests to identify diabetes. They provide comprehensive blood panels as part of your annual executive physical. Diabetes can lead to dangerous complications such as neuropathy, foot ulcers, and blindness, so it’s critical to have routine screening to diagnose the condition as early as possible.
What tests diagnose diabetes?
At Reform ABQ, the team offers customized diabetes management plans. If you have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, you may be able to regulate your blood sugar levels with changes to your diet and exercise habits.
However, if you have Type 1 diabetes or more advanced Type 2 diabetes, you may also be prescribed insulin or diabetic medications to help regulate your blood sugar levels. If you’re concerned about diabetes or want to become a patient of Reform ABQ, call the practice or request an appointment online.
What methods manage diabetes?
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It is estimated that 37.3 million Americans have diabetes and 1 in 5 people don’t know they have it. Undiagnosed diabetes can lead to other health complications like heart disease, nerve pain, chronic kidney disease and so much more. At Reform ABQ, our Board-Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner Jacqueline Rodgers, MSN, CNP, and the team can help prevent and treat diabetes. Call Reform ABQ or request an online appointment to learn more about diabetes.