Diabetes affects 30.3 million American adults today — and over 7 million of them aren’t aware that they have it. The good news about diabetes is that it’s often preventable and also very manageable. Even if you have diabetes, you can do many things to manage your disease effectively and live a normal life. The expert internal medicine physicians at DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC in Woodbury, New Jersey, can help you live your life in the healthiest way possible. Use online booking or call now for an appointment.
Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you're probably already aware of it because it's usually discovered in childhood.
With Type 1 diabetes, your body isn’t able to produce insulin and that leads to dangerously high blood glucose levels. You must replace the insulin to stay healthy. Typically, this means either injections or an insulin pump. Type 1 diabetes isn't preventable.
As long as you take your insulin replacement as prescribed and make an effort to live a healthy lifestyle, you can lead a long and happy life with Type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is much more common than Type 1. In fact, 90%-95% of all diabetics are Type 2. If you've got Type 2 diabetes, you make insulin but your body doesn't process it properly. Type 2 diabetes is almost always preventable. If you're diagnosed as “prediabetic,” you can take steps to improve your health and possibly avoid a diabetes diagnosis.
If you're diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, there's still plenty that you can do to improve your health and minimize the effects of the disease on your body. This includes dietary changes, exercise, and, sometimes, medication.
If you've got undiagnosed and untreated Type 2 diabetes, you can eventually develop serious and even life-threatening conditions including nerve, eye, and kidney disease.
Type 2 diabetes doesn't have to make you feel hopeless, though. Just as with Type 1 diabetes, following a strict treatment plan and focusing on your health can allow you to enjoy a healthy and happy life.
The symptoms of diabetes can include:
In the beginning, it's very difficult to recognize diabetes symptoms. If you've noticed the symptoms above, you should see your doctor right away. If you have diabetes, it's important to get a treatment plan in place as soon as possible.
Your primary care doctor at DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC can help with diabetes diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management. Use online booking or call the office to get help now.