Questions You May Have When Diagnosed with Diabetes
Although your doctor will go over the basics of diabetes and what you need to do once you are diagnosed, there are still likely to be many questions to answer. One of the first things that you need to do is understand the disease and the type that you have. With the right background information you will be better prepared for the medications that you will need to take as well as the changes that you will have to make in your lifestyle in order to maintain and keep the disease under control. This is vital to staying healthy and living a healthy life from the moment that you are diagnosed. Knowledge is power when it comes to diabetes.
In patients who are diabetic, the insulin that the body produces is either not used in the right way by the body or the body does not make enough of it. The different types of diabetes that are most common are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Each one has its own characteristics, slightly different from the other. Type 1 diabetes is generally discovered in children and so is also known as juvenile diabetes. It is caused because insulin is not produced by the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when your body does not produce enough of the insulin that you need or when the insulin is produced but the body does not use it in the right way. Although children are generally diagnosed with type 1 it is possible for them to have type 2 diabetes as well. It is common when a child is overweight and does not get the right amount of exercise. A proper diet and suitable levels of exercise can keep them healthy.
It is possible that your doctor could diagnose you with pre-diabetes. This is when your levels of blood sugar are high enough to be a diabetic concern and does mean that you are on the verge of type 2 diabetes. This diagnosis should be seen as a clue that you need to make some changes in your lifestyle. Simple and easy changes could mean the difference between being medication free or on a regimen for the rest of your life. There is always the possibly that someone could be diabetic and not even realize that they have the disease. Knowing the symptoms is important so that you can see your doctor right away if you feel that you may be diabetic and start a treatment plan immediately.
The symptoms include urinating more often, constant thirst, always feeling hungry, skin that is dry and itchy, losing weight without dieting, feeling numbness or tingling in your limbs, hands or feet, wounds that do not heal quickly and even your vision becoming blurry. Although these are just a few of the signs and symptoms which can also be indicators of something else, it is still important to get to the doctor especially if you are experiencing a combination of them and feeling sick.
Seeking the advice of your doctor can help you to get things under control quickly and safely.
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