Just over 10% of the United States population has diabetes, a chronic disease that can cause serious complications when not properly managed. At New York Specialty Clinics, serving patients of Astoria, Queens and Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, and Marine Park/Flatlands of Brooklyn, highly trained medical staff can diagnose and treat diabetes to enhance your quality of life. To get screened for or better manage your diabetes, schedule an appointment with New York Specialty Clinics by phone or book online today.
Diabetes is a chronic health problem in which your body doesn’t regulate blood sugar very well. It may occur when you don’t produce enough insulin, or your body doesn’t respond well to insulin. When blood sugar levels remain too high, serious health problems can develop. Diabetes management with New York Specialty Clinics helps prevent complications.
Different types of diabetes you might experience include:
If you have Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, a hormone that moves sugar from your blood into other cells within the body. Type 1 diabetes often appears during childhood.
With Type 2 diabetes, your body produces insulin, but it can’t properly utilize it, which often leads to higher-than-normal blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is more common in people over age 40.
Gestational diabetes happens to some women during pregnancy. While the condition might go away after delivery, these women have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future.
Prediabetes is a condition that occurs before developing diabetes. Your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as diabetes. Making healthy lifestyle changes can reverse prediabetes and lower your chance of developing the disease.
If you have diabetes, you might experience some of the following symptoms:
You may not notice diabetes symptoms, especially in its early stages, so it’s important to get screened for diabetes if you’re at risk of developing it.
Anyone can develop diabetes, but some have a higher risk of experiencing it. Examples include being overweight, family history of diabetes, older age, physical inactivity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and polycystic ovary syndrome in women.
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause heart, kidney, nerve, eye, and foot damage. It may also lead to skin problems, hearing impairment, depression, and dementia. Properly controlling blood sugar when you have diabetes is the best way to avoid complications.
Your New York Specialty Clinics provider reviews your medical history and symptoms and uses a blood test to confirm diabetes. They might recommend you undergo other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out additional health problems.
Diabetes treatments often include weight loss, healthy eating, controlling your carbohydrate intake, and regular exercise, as well as taking oral medications or using insulin as needed to keep blood sugar in check.
Don’t let uncontrolled diabetes cause serious health problems when simple treatments are available. Schedule an appointment with New York Specialty Clinics by phone or book online today.
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