Diabetes has become a national problem as almost 11 percent of adult Americans had the diagnosis in 2018. These CDC statistics concern Dr. James Terry and his team at Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX. Here's what you should know about diagnosing this chronic health care problem and how to live well with it.
What is diabetes?
Whether you have developed it as a child or an adult, diabetes impacts blood glucose levels. High sugars indicate your body's lack of insulin (which converts sugar to energy) or its inefficient use of this important hormone (as in adult-onset diabetes).
Sadly, poorly controlled diabetes impacts all bodily systems, causing problems such as:
- Vision loss
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney failure
- Hearing problems
- Poor nerve function (neuropathy)
- Impaired circulation and poor wound healing, particularly in the extremities
- Lowered immunity to disease and infection
Diagnosis and treatment of diabetes
Knowing how devastating these issues can be, Dr. Terry provides diagnosis and treatment of diabetes at Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX. As diabetes may develop gradually and show few symptoms early on, Dr. Terry screens each of his patient's age 45 and over with blood work to include:
- Fasting blood sugar (a result of over 125 is diagnostic for diabetes)
- A1C, a measure of how much glucose is bonded to the hemoglobin in the blood (a result over seven is diagnostic for diabetes)
Additionally, many people may develop symptoms such as:
- Significant weight loss which is unexplained
- Blurred vision
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
- Itchy skin
Treatment depends on your body's ability to produce insulin. If it can not, you will require daily insulin injections, a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, and at-home monitoring of your blood glucose levels.
Type-2 diabetics may respond well to simple weight loss, diet modification, and exercise. However, many people need the help of medications that stimulate the body to use the insulin it produces. Insulin injections may be needed as well.
Of course, the prevention of high blood glucose is important. Dr. Terry and his team encourage their patients in healthy diets, consistent aerobic exercise, weight control, and lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Achieve your best life
For more information, contact our Grapevine, TX, office for a friendly and helpful consultation at (817) 284-9875.