Diabetes may require constant monitoring, but if you have the right plan in place, you can easily manage the condition with few complications. At Perfect YOUth in Newport Beach, California, Yeral Patel, MD, provides nutritional counseling, exercise plans, and other tools to manage your blood sugar levels for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. To learn more about the condition and find out how to manage it, call Perfect YOUth or book your appointment online today.
Diabetes is a common, long-term condition that affects the amount of sugar, or glucose, in your blood. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels lead to many serious health complications, so learning to manage your diabetes is vital to your health and wellness. The reasons behind your elevated blood sugar vary depending on the type of diabetes that you have.
There are two main types of diabetes that you can get. There’s a third type that can appear while you’re pregnant, but it usually goes away once you give birth. The two more common types are:
If you have type 1 diabetes, your body attacks its own insulin cells. Insulin is a hormone that regulates your blood sugars and helps it get into your cells. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is still a mystery, but both genetic and environmental factors likely contribute.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your insulin can’t keep up in metabolizing the amount of sugar that you consume. Your cells resist your insulin’s efforts to let the blood sugar into them, so sugar builds up in your bloodstream. Obesity is linked to type 2 diabetes, but you don’t have to be obese to develop it.
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes cause the same symptoms. However, type 1 diabetes usually causes more apparent or severe symptoms than type 2.
Common warning signs for either type are:
Both types of diabetes can appear at any age, but type 1 is usually diagnosed during childhood or adolescence. Type 2 develops most often in patients age 40 or older.
If you have either type of diabetes, you must monitor your blood sugar levels consistently. Everyone with type 1 diabetes and some patients with type 2 must take doses of insulin to help regulate the amount of sugar in their blood.
Dr. Patel also helps you manage your diabetes by:
She may also prescribe medications to help your pancreas produce more insulin.
Dr. Patel can help you learn to manage your diabetes and live a normal, functional life. To book your diabetes consultation, request an appointment by phone or online at Perfect YOUth today.