More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, but about one in four of them don’t know it. The team of family medicine doctors at Right Path Family Practice in San Antonio, Texas, diagnoses and treats diabetes in patients of all ages. For expert care in diabetes management, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a health condition that causes your blood sugar (glucose) to be too high. This occurs because of problems with the hormone insulin, which takes glucose from your blood and feeds it to your cells for energy. Without enough insulin, glucose does not reach your cells and instead accumulates in your blood.
There are two main types of diabetes.
This type happens when your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. When you have type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t make any insulin at all.
Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes because it’s more common in children and young adults.
Type 2 diabetes means your body makes insulin, but it’s not enough or your body can’t use it properly. This is the most common type of diabetes. About 90-95% of adults with diabetes have type 2.
You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, but your risk increases after age 45. Other risk factors for diabetes include:
Women who are pregnant may develop another type of diabetes called gestational diabetes. In most cases, gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born. Type 1 diabetes usually develops during childhood and lasts throughout life.
If left untreated, high blood sugar levels can cause damage that leads to serious medical conditions such as:
When you have diabetes, it’s especially important to see your provider at Right Path Family Practice for routine checkups. The team of family medicine physicians detects early signs of diabetes complications to prevent life-threatening problems.
First, your provider at Right Path Family Practice performs a physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. If they suspect you have diabetes, they can confirm the diagnosis with an on-site blood test.
Then, they work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to manage your blood sugar. Depending on your needs, this may include:
Prediabetes is a common, reversible condition that involves elevated blood sugar that isn’t high enough to have a diabetes diagnosis. If you have prediabetes, the team at Right Path Family Practice works with you to get your blood sugar under control and reverse the condition.
To find out if you have diabetes, call Right Path Family Practice or book an appointment online today.