Concerning Signs That You May Have Diabetes
May 22, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Diabetes  

Concerned about diabetes? Characterized by high blood glucose levels, fatigue, weight loss, and more, diabetes can cause long-term complications if not treated well. At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, Dr. James Terry diagnoses and treats this common endocrine problem, helping patients live well as a result.

Just what is diabetes?

Diabetes is marked by high glucose levels as measured by a routine blood draw. However, both early-onset diabetes (type-1) and adult-onset diabetes (type-2) exhibit other concerning symptoms which, if unaddressed, lead to complications such as:

  • Kidney damage
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Retinopathy (damage to the micro-circulation at the back of the eye)
  • Neuropathy (loss of sensation in the extremities)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Hearing loss

Additionally, Healthline reports that one in three adult Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition in which people have slightly elevated blood glucose levels as their bodies age. Weight control, diet, and exercise all benefit patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Concerning signs that you may have diabetes

With type-1 diabetes, symptoms are more obvious and destructive. With pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes, patients actually may be asymptomatic for a long time. In either case, diabetes damages body systems.

Symptoms include:

  • Thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Itchy skin
  • Hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Infections in the gums, urinary tract and skin
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Poor healing
  • Anxiety, irritability, and depression

What you should do

At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, Dr. Terry and his team screen patients 40 and older for diabetes. As part of routine blood work, a fasting blood sugar level of 125 or high is diagnostic for diabetes. As such, your physician will customize a care plan to bring that number into line to help you feel your best and avoid long-term complications.

Interventions include:

  • Using insulin or oral medications such as Metformin
  • A plan of exercise
  • Dietary changes to lower fat and sugar intake
  • Keeping a healthy body weight
  • Controlling blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure
  • At-home blood glucose monitoring
  • Stopping smoking
  • Getting routine check-ups with the dentist and eye doctor
  • Inspecting feet daily for sore spots, breaks in the skin, and temperature changes

You can still be you

At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, you'll receive the finest diabetic care possible. Dr. James Terry helps all his patients achieve life-long good health. For more information on diabetes, please call us at (817) 284-9875.