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A Brief Guide to Type 2 Diabetes March 4, 2019

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A Brief Guide to Type 2 Diabetes, Dumas, Texas

Diabetes is a chronic illness impacting some 30 million Americans. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, characterized by the body’s inability to use insulin—a hormone produced by the pancreas—properly. This results in hyperglycemia, or a kind of high blood sugar you can’t bring down on your own. Find out how to identify signs of type 2 diabetes and what to do if you are diagnosed with the illness below.

Causes & Symptoms

The precise cause of type 2 diabetes is unknown, but doctors have identified some risk factors. These include smoking, obesity, poor eating habits, and a sedentary lifestyle. Genetics also likely play a role, as diabetes rates are higher among African-Americans, as well as people of Hispanic or Latino descent.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include unquenchable thirst, a frequent need to urinate, blurry vision, insatiable hunger, and fatigue. Often, however, there are no physical signs at all. A blood test is used to diagnose this chronic illness definitively.

Treatment Options

Failing to care properly for diabetes can lead to serious health problems. Since diabetes causes circulatory issues, for instance, it puts you at higher risk for severe infections and even amputations from cuts on the feet. Diabetics are also more prone to heart disease and stroke.

chronic illnessAlthough there is currently no cure for diabetes—it’s a chronic illness–you can still thrive with appropriate management. This includes a healthy diet that is low in carbohydrates and sugars, regular exercise, and, in some cases, medication. Regular visits to a doctor are also crucial for monitoring the ailment and catching signs of any issues early.

 

There is no need to let diabetes hold you back from enjoying an active life. Let Dumas Family Practice support you in your diabetes management. Serving residents throughout the northern Texas panhandle, these health care professionals have over 26 years of experience. From school physicals to preventive care designed to stave off chronic illness, their comprehensive offerings cater to patients of all ages. For your convenience, they accept most insurance plans. Review the family practice’s services online or call (806) 935-9005 for an appointment. 

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