According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million adults in the United States are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Hetal Gandhi, MD, and the staff at Synergy Medical in Livonia, Michigan, can teach you how to self-manage your diabetes with healthy habits. Call or book your appointment online today to get started.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when your body can’t regulate the amount of sugar in your blood. Blood glucose comes from the food you eat and is your main source of energy.
Insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas, helps transform sugar into energy. When you have diabetes, you either don’t produce enough insulin or your body doesn’t process the insulin properly, leading to elevated blood sugar levels.
Diabetes can lead to a number of other serious issues such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
There are three major types of diabetes:
If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin because your immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. This type is usually found in children and young adults. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day to manage the condition.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. It commonly occurs in middle-aged and older people. With type 2 diabetes, your body either does not produce enough insulin or it doesn’t process insulin well. Obesity and poor health choices are the primary causes of type 2 diabetes.
Some women develop gestational diabetes when they are pregnant. Usually, this type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born. Women who have had gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
If your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes, you have prediabetes. Dr. Gandhi recommends lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight to regain a normal blood sugar level.
Dr. Gandhi develops a treatment plan based on the severity of your diabetes. Treatment may include insulin injections or using an insulin pump, monitoring your blood sugar, taking diabetes medications, or a combination of insulin and medication.
There are three keys ways to manage diabetes:
Dr. Gandhi and the caring medical team at Synergy Medical want to help you manage diabetes. Book your appointment online or call today.