Primary Care for Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that causes high sugar levels in your blood. With diabetes, your body doesn't make enough insulin or cannot use it as well as it should. Insulin acts like a regulator of the sugar in your blood. When there isn't enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.
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What are Symptoms of Diabetes? 

The  symptoms of diabetes often take years to develop and some people do not notice any symptoms at all until there is irreversible damage to their body. This is why it is important to see your doctor regularly. With early detection and awareness, you can take steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. 

Some of the symptoms of diabetes include the following: 

  • Urinate (pee) a lot, often at night
  • Are very thirsty 
  • Are very hungry 
  • Have blurry vision 
  • Have numb or tingling hands or feet
  • Have very dry skin
  • Have wounds that heal very slowly 
  • Feel very tired all the time
  • Have more infections than usual 

What Causes Diabetes?

There are three types of diabetes – Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes Type 1 is when your body stops making insulin. This is caused by autoimmune dysfunction, or when your body attacks itself. Diabetes Type 1 has a strong genetic component. 

Diabetes Type 2 is when your body doesn’t use insulin well and can’t keep blood sugar at normal levels. This is caused from being overweight, obese, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating habits. 

Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs when you are pregnant. The risk factors include obesity, poor diet, and there is a genetic component. This can lead to developing diabetes after pregnancy as well. 

How Do You Treat Diabetes?

If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to use insulin to treat it. You take the insulin by injection or by using a pump. 

If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may have to use insulin or take pills, though you might initially be able to treat your diabetes by eating well and moving more. 

Your healthcare professional at MedBerry Clinic can help you start the right diabetes treatment plan to suit you and your lifestyle. Most importantly, prevention of diabetes is key! 

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