More than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. Of those, 7.2 million haven’t been diagnosed and don’t even know they have it. Diabetes can have a severe impact on your quality of life if left untreated, and lead to life-threatening complications. At P3MD in Goodyear, Arizona, David Boyd, MD, treats your diabetes and educates you on how to prevent or manage the disease. If you are suffering from diabetes, or if you need to be tested, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body breaks down certain foods. It happens when your body doesn’t make or properly use the hormone insulin, which is used by your body to regulate the level of sugar in your blood.
When your body doesn’t have insulin to break down sugar, or if the insulin isn’t working as it should, it causes your blood sugar levels to rise. Over time, this higher level of blood sugar leads to health complications, some of which are very serious.
There are three main types of diabetes:
Also known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is thought to be an autoimmune disease where your body doesn’t produce insulin or it destroys the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. This type of diabetes is less common and is most often diagnosed in children, but adults can develop it as well.
If you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin as it should, even though your pancreas produces enough of the hormone. Your pancreas makes more insulin to compensate at first but, over time, blood sugar rises, causing type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes only happens in women who are pregnant and often goes away after birth. However, if you have gestational diabetes while pregnant, you have an increased chance of developing type 2 diabetes later on.
It’s important to be tested for diabetes so you can begin treatment to prevent further complications. If you think you’re at risk, visit P3MD today.
If you have diabetes, Dr. Boyd suggests a number of lifestyle changes to help manage your symptoms and prevent them from becoming worse. Some of these are:
Talk to Dr. Boyd about what your target blood sugar level should be. Keeping this in check is very important to prevent further complications from the disease.
If you have diabetes or experience symptoms that suggest that you do, call the office or go online to schedule an appointment at P3MD today.