Diabetes affects over 30 million Americans — and many more who don’t know they have the condition. To reduce your risk of developing life-long diabetes and its many other health complications, Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes provides testing and preventive care, as well as expert treatments to manage diabetes. Call the Dallas, Grand Prairie, or Mansfield, Texas office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment and learn more about how the team can treat your diabetes today.
Diabetes is a chronic condition in which your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. This happens because your body can’t make or use the naturally produced insulin.
Normally, your body uses the hormone insulin to convert sugar from complex carbohydrates into energy. However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to convert the sugar into energy, which causes the sugar to build up in your bloodstream.
If your blood sugar is higher than normal but still at reversible levels, you have prediabetes. This is a more easily managed condition that lifestyle changes can address, so you avoid a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
The three main types of diabetes are:
Type 1 diabetes is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. As a result, your pancreas produces very little to no insulin, and when you don’t have enough insulin to convert sugar to energy, the sugar builds up in your bloodstream and leads to a sudden onset of various symptoms.
Type 2 diabetes develops when your body is producing insulin but isn’t using the insulin as it should. At first, your body begins to produce even more insulin, in order to compensate for rising blood sugar levels, but over time, the blood sugar becomes uncontrollable, and you develop full-blown diabetes. Type 2 diabetes usually affects patients later in life and can develop gradually over a period of years.
Gestational diabetes is possibly due to the extreme hormonal shifts that happen during pregnancy, and it usually goes away after childbirth. However, women who’ve had gestational diabetes are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
Although diabetes has no cure, it’s a manageable condition with the right lifestyle changes and medication if needed that the team at Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes can help you achieve.
At Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes, our team creates a customized plan to manage your unique symptoms and address the root cause of your condition.
The team provides insulin injections or pumps and lifestyle changes if you have type 1 diabetes. An expert diabetes educator also teaches you how to monitor your blood sugar levels and habits that help you maintain your wellness.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you may require insulin, but more often, the team can manage it with lifestyle changes like weight loss, increasing exercise, or a diabetes-friendly diet. Along with diabetes educators to help you understand your condition and how to manage it, the practice can also refer you to nutritionists to help you make dietary changes but still ensure you get all your necessary nutrients.
If you have very high blood sugar or other severe complications from diabetes, a diabetes specialist can prescribe a wide range of oral or injected medications to help get your blood sugar levels under control.
To get tested and learn how to manage your diabetes, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment at Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes today.