More than 9% of Americans have diabetes, with Type 2 diabetes accounting for 90%-95% of all cases. Dr. Nader Ewaida at Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic has years of experience helping those who are at risk of Type 2 diabetes prevent the disease, and providing ongoing diabetes management to patients diagnosed with Type F of the disease. To learn more about individualized diabetes management, call the office in North Richland Hills, Texas or book an appointment online.
Both forms of diabetes develop from a problem producing insulin or using the insulin that’s produced. Insulin removes excess sugar (glucose) from your bloodstream. Without the right amount of insulin, blood sugar gets too high and causes serious complications.
Although Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed between the ages of 4 and 14, it can develop at any age. In this type of diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin.
This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed in adults, but it also develops in older children and young teens. Two problems cause Type 2 diabetes. The pancreas produces some insulin, but not enough. Additionally, patients develop insulin resistance, which means they can’t use the insulin that’s produced.
Health complications develop when your blood sugar rises above the normal range. Over time, high blood sugar damages small blood vessels, which significantly increases your risk of developing:
The serious impact of complications caused by diabetes should never be underestimated. Type 2 diabetes is one of the top two causes of kidney failure. Adults with diabetes have double the risk of dying from heart disease. It’s also a leading cause of adult-onset blindness.
You can have diabetes for a long time before it causes symptoms. Once they develop, you’ll experience:
Once diabetes is diagnosed, it must be managed to keep your blood sugar within normal limits. Dr. Ewaida specializes in diabetes management, creating customized plans that include:
You’ll learn how to monitor carbohydrate consumption and the importance of losing weight. If you smoke, you’ll discover why you need to quit. Exercise is also important in diabetes management because it supports your overall health and helps lower blood sugar.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to take insulin. Those with Type 2 diabetes may need insulin or another medication to lower blood sugar if lifestyle changes aren’t enough.
To get ongoing diabetes management, call Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic or book an appointment online.