Over 100 million Americans adults have diabetes or prediabetes, and many don’t know their health is at risk. The health care experts at LaSante Health Center in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn diagnose and treat diabetes in patients of all ages, helping you and your family protect and improve your health. If you’re concerned about diabetes or looking for a health care provider to help you manage your condition, call LaSante Health Center in New York City or schedule a consultation online today.
Diabetes is a group of diseases that interfere with insulin production and activity in your body. Insulin is a hormone that helps convert glucose — blood sugar — into energy.
When this process doesn’t happen correctly, your blood sugar levels increase, which leads to a wide range of potentially dangerous health complications.
The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar is elevated but hasn’t reached the levels required for a clinical diabetes diagnosis.
Type 1 diabetes develops when your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin. Medical researchers believe this malfunction is the result of an autoimmune disorder that destroys the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes because a diagnosis frequently occurs in young people.
Type 2 diabetes develops when your body stops using insulin correctly. It’s sometimes called insulin resistance. While your genes play a part in your risk for type 2 diabetes, your lifestyle significantly influences your risk of developing the condition. Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in adults, but it’s becoming more common in young people.
Some women develop gestational diabetes during the second trimester of pregnancy. While you’re pregnant, your body makes a hormone that can interfere with the way your body uses insulin. Your condition usually subsides soon after your baby is born, but increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Your symptoms depend on the type of diabetes. For example, type 1 diabetes usually causes a rapid onset of symptoms, including:
Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, doesn’t always cause symptoms in its early stages. You could have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes for months or even years before you notice a change in your health.
As diabetes progresses, it can lead to more severe symptoms such as neuropathy, ulcers on your feet, ankles, or legs, and blindness.
Whenever possible, LaSante Health Center helps you manage your condition with changes to your diet and exercise habits.
For example, cutting back on sugar and refined carbohydrates and getting regular physical activity can help lower and regulate your blood sugar levels. These lifestyle changes can also reverse prediabetes and help you avoid a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
However, if you have type 1 diabetes or advanced type 2 diabetes, your provider prescribes insulin to help your body convert glucose to energy more efficiently.
Call LaSante Health Center today or make an appointment online for expert diabetes testing and treatment.