The Scoop on Diabetes

What is DiabetesIf you feel that you are at risk for diabetes but are unsure and have many questions, there are questions that you can ask yourself or your doctor in order to become more knowledgeable about the disease and the risks you may face. For example, there is a blood test called the A1C which will tell your doctor if your blood sugar is at a good level and under control. It is also true that if the disease is detected early, you will reduce your risks of other medical complications such as nerve damage, kidney disease and eye disease.

There are symptoms and signs that you can watch out for that are suspect of diabetes. These sign can include irritability, the feeling of always being thirsty and or hungry, going to the bathroom more often, losing weight for no reason and feeling tired more than usual. If you are experiencing even one of these symptoms, it is important to get to the doctor for a check-up and have a blood test done for diabetes. The sooner that you seek the advice of your doctor, the faster you will be able to get on a treatment plan.

There are different types of diabetes that your doctor can test for. Type 1, also known as juvenile diabetes, is when the body no longer produces insulin or only makes a small amount of it. Type 2 diabetes is when the body makes insulin but there is not enough of it and the cells are actually resistant to the insulin. There is also gestational diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and is diagnosed around the 24th week of the cycle. Although it can create a risk for other types of diabetes in the future, this type generally disappears after the birth.

For someone that is already diabetic, they understand how important it is to maintain the disease and take care of themselves in every way. Keeping your levels where they need to be, getting regular check-ups at the doctor’s office and eating the proper foods are all great ways to manage your health. It is also important to keep a close eye on your feet for any soars that may let infection in and have your doctor monitor your urine so you can watch your kidney function. When you stay on the plan that your doctor has in place, you will be on the right track.

Although it can be scary to have diabetes, once you come to terms with it, you will find that things are much easier to manage. If you ever feel that something is not right, you should contact your doctor right away and schedule an appointment. However, it is possible that you may be able to discuss the situation with them over the phone and find out if an appointment is necessary or if you have no cause for alarm. The phrase “better to be safe than sorry” is a motto that should be followed when it comes to diabetes.

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