More than 100 million people in the United States have some form of diabetes, a complicated and chronic condition that can lead to uncontrolled or dangerously high blood sugar levels. The chronic disease experts at Calvary Medical Clinic are committed to providing diabetic patients in the greater Houston area with the medical treatment and self-management skills they need to avoid complications and protect their long-term health. Use the online scheduling tool or call Calvary Medical Clinic in Livingston, Cleveland, or Humble, Texas, to book an appointment today.
Diabetes is a serious systemic illness that affects how your body turns glucose (sugar) from your diet into energy. There are two different types of the disease:
This form of diabetes develops when the pancreas stops producing insulin — the hormone that helps glucose enter your cells where it’s converted into energy. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the bloodstream. Although you can develop type 1 diabetes at any time in life, it usually emerges during childhood.
Type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable, accounts for up to 95% of all diabetes cases. It occurs when your pancreas can’t produce enough insulin to keep up with demand, or when your body becomes insulin resistant, meaning it no longer responds normally to insulin.
There are two precursor stages to type 2 diabetes — insulin resistance leading to prediabetes. If you’re diagnosed with prediabetes, it means your blood sugar levels are high, but not yet high enough for you to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
While just under 30 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, over 84 million Americans — or more than one in three adults — have prediabetes. If you have prediabetes, making certain lifestyle changes can help you keep your condition under control and delay its progression.
While being diagnosed with insulin resistance or prediabetes are the most significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes, a range of other risk factors can boost your chances of developing the disease, including:
Your type 2 diabetes risk increases as you age, especially once you reach your mid-forties. The disease is also more prevalent among people of Hispanic, African, and Native American descent.
Early diagnosis and intervention are key when it comes to controlling diabetes, avoiding complications, and maintaining a high quality of life.
To keep your blood sugar levels in check if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, you should:
If you have type 1 diabetes, it’s vitally important to administer your insulin shots (or wear your insulin pump) as instructed and check your blood sugar levels regularly. Healthy lifestyle habits are also highly beneficial.
The experts at Calvary Medical Clinic strive to stay up-to-date on the latest recommendations in diabetes care and control and are dedicated to empowering you with the information, skills, and support you need to make healthy choices every day.
To find out how they can help you, call their Livingston or Cleveland, Texas, office, or schedule an appointment online today.