Having diabetes changes your life, and can lead to premature death. However, type 2 diabetes is both preventable and treatable, and the caring providers at Paper Cranes Healthcare in Chandler and Queen Creek, Arizona, provide expert services for people who are at risk of getting diabetes as well as those who have the disease already. There’s a certified diabetes educator on staff to support you, and patients can have a simple screening test to detect the early warning signs of diabetes. Find out more by calling Paper Cranes Healthcare today or book an appointment online.
Diabetes is a condition that develops because your body has a problem with a hormone called insulin.
Insulin is responsible for regulating blood sugar and is a vital mechanism for good health. High blood sugar can cause debilitating health problems, and untreated diabetes can lead to life-altering and potentially deadly complications.
There are several different types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes begins when you’re young and is due to an autoimmune disorder. Your immune system, which you expect to protect you, attacks the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. Without these cells, your body can’t make any insulin at all. That means you need to take insulin for the rest of your life.
Type 2 diabetes generally develops at a later age, either because your pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin, or it can’t use the insulin it’s making.
Unlike type 1 diabetes, which isn’t preventable, type 2 diabetes almost always is preventable. The insulin problem stems from poor lifestyle choices, primarily being overweight or obese. Lack of exercise, smoking, poor diet, and drinking too much alcohol all increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
At first, diabetes doesn’t cause any symptoms, and when they do start, they come on so gradually, you might not realize there’s anything wrong. As type 2 diabetes typically begins in middle age or later life, you might put symptoms like tiredness and the need to urinate more frequently down to your age.
By the time you feel sick enough to realize there’s something wrong, your diabetes has already caused serious damage. However, if you get screened for diabetes regularly, your provider at Paper Cranes Healthcare can detect the early signs of diabetes.
This early stage, called prediabetes, is when your blood sugar is high but still reversible. If you take action when you have prediabetes, you can avoid the dangers of having type 2 diabetes.
Treating type 2 diabetes focuses on making changes to your lifestyle and quitting bad habits. Your provider at Paper Cranes Healthcare can help you succeed in making changes, such as:
If you take these steps when you have prediabetes, you can avoid the dangers of having type 2 diabetes, which includes heart problems, blindness, vascular disorders, and kidney problems. Type 1 and 2 diabetes can also both cause leg ulcers, which might lead to amputation.
Paper Cranes Healthcare has a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator on staff to provide advice and support when you’re making lifestyle changes. The clinic also has accreditation from AADE (the American Association of Diabetes Educators) for excellence in the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP).
Some patients need to take medications or use insulin to treat their type 2 diabetes. You also need to attend Paper Cranes Healthcare for regular check-ups.
To arrange a simple diabetes screening test, call Paper Cranes Healthcare today, or book an appointment online.