November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month

The month of November has been designated as National Diabetes Awareness Month. This presents an opportunity to devote attention to the condition of diabetes, along with the effect that it has on millions of individuals in the U.S.

Diabetes impacts how your body converts food into energy. When you eat, most food is transformed into sugar, which is also referred to as glucose. This produces the energy that your body requires. Whenever the blood sugar rises, that provides an indication to your pancreas that it should release insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that allows your blood sugar to progress into the cells of your body, while controlling your blood sugar level.

However, too much sugar will exist in your bloodstream if your body is unable to produce a sufficient level of insulin, or if your body’s cells are not using the insulin effectively.  This excess buildup of glucose will cause diabetes.

Types Of Diabetes

This becomes a long-term condition once it develops, and there are three primary types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational.

Type 1

Anyone who develops Type 1 diabetes is not receiving enough insulin from the pancreas. In some cases, the pancreas will cease producing insulin completely, This occurs because the auto immune system is excessively active and mistakenly attacks itself. This causes the pancreas to stop the process of creating insulin when this transpires.

Approximately 5% of patients who experience diabetes are contending with Type 1, and In most cases, it impacts children, teenagers, and younger adults. Unfortunately, there is currently no prevention of Type 1 diabetes, and individuals who have it will require insulin each day.

Type 2

The CDC has stated that around 90% of patients that have been diagnosed with diabetes have the Type 2 condition. If you are contending with this form of diabetes, then your body is capable of making insulin – but your cells are unable to respond in a normal fashion. When this occurs, it is referred to as insulin resistance. Your pancreas will attempt to produce more insulin in order to receive a response from your cells.

At some point, the pancreas will not be able to generate the amount of insulin that is needed with this scenario occurs. In some cases. this might be the result of your body developing a resistance to insulin. In other situations, this emerges because your body simply is unable to produce the level of insulin that is required.

That will cause the blood sugar to rise, and this will result in pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar is problematic because it can damage the body. It can also create serious health issues such as heart disease, kidney disease, and loss of vision.

Type 2 diabetes is normally diagnosed in older adults. The symptoms emerge over the course of years and could linger for a lengthy period of time before they are observed. However, if you are aware of the risk factors of attaining Type 2 diabetes, then you should take advantage of an opportunity to have your blood sugar tested. Anyone who is overweight, is not physically active, has a family history of Type 2 diabetes, or already is experiencing pre-diabetes will be at increased risk of experiencing Type 2 diabetes.

Gestational

Gestational diabetes emerges in pregnant women who have never developed diabetes. The condition develops because your body cannot produce enough insulin during pregnancy, although it does disappear after the baby has been born. However, experiencing gestational diabetes will increase the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy.  It will also raise the risk of experiencing Type 2 diabetes later in life.  Having gestational diabetes increases the possibility for the baby to encounter health issues. He or she will also be at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as an adult.

Prediabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar levels have risen above but if not increased to the point of being of a Type 2 diagnosis of being diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. Approximately 84 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes. The cause of Prediabetes is equivalent to the forms of diabetes that were previously discussed, as the pancreas cannot sustain a level of insulin that the body needs.

The risk of attaining prediabetes also increases for anyone who is overweight, age 45 or older, does not maintain an active lifestyle, or has a family history that includes Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Screening

The American Diabetes Association has stated that all patients should be screened for diabetes at a three-year interval beginning at age 45. Particularly individuals who are overweight or obese.

There are most multiple forms of testing that is used to determine whether you have diabetes. These include a regular blood test, a blood test that takes place after overnight fasting, and an oral glucose test that involves drinking liquid after overnight fasting.

Diabetes Treatment

While there is not a cure for diabetes, there are steps that can be taken to control it. A specific treatment plan can be created by your physician, which will help you sustain a blood sugar level that reaches the goal that has been provided for you. It will also be important to observe and manage your blood pressure and cholesterol level.

Maintaining a proper diet, and a consistent exercise regimen will also be beneficial. The proper use of medications is critical, as is the process of taking all lab tests that your doctor has recommended.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes or have reasons to believe that someone you know might be in need of treatment, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care. This includes the preventative care that we provide through Type 2 diabetes screening.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

Our Urgent Care

 

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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