Many people who have diabetes are unaware due to little or no initial symptoms associated with diabetes. Some people can go for years without showing symptoms. This is why it’s considered the silent killer and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. 

Early detection and awareness are what we’re all about at Envision Medical Group for our existing and new patients. It’s important to learn what diabetes is and what to look for to detect the disease early. We’re here to assist you with early detection and any diabetes-related issues.

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What’s Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Digested food is converted into sugar, or glucose, and released into your bloodstream. Once absorbed, the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that helps to regulate your body’s blood sugar. Without insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream, which causes issues with the health of your body.

If your pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin that your body needs or cannot effectively use the amount of insulin it produces, then you could be at risk of being diagnosed with diabetes or other health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, kidney disease, and more.

Types of Diabetes

There are four types to be aware of prediabetes, type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Prediabetes

This is the first step into knowing if you will become diagnosed with one of the other types of diabetes below. 

“Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 88 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, more than 84% don’t know they have it. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.”Source: Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) 

Type 1 Diabetes

Most seen in young children, this type of diabetes occurs when insulin production is low and requires daily insulin to regulate it. Some symptoms can happen very rapidly and include excessive excretion of urine, thirst, constant hunger, weight loss, vision changes, and fatigue. These symptoms may occur suddenly.

Type 2 Diabetes

Commonly occurring in adults but can also show in children as well, type 2 diabetes develops as the result of excess body weight and lack of physical activity. This can come on even without symptoms and happen years before a diagnosis. 

Gestational Diabetes

This type of diabetes occurs in pregnant women who have never been diagnosed with diabetes previously. Diagnosis takes place during prenatal screenings. This can also bring on complications during the pregnancy months and delivery.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Your primary care provider (PCP) can diagnose these types of diabetes with a blood test. If the test shows signs of diabetes, your PCP will determine the best treatment plan to regulate your blood sugar levels. 

Even if you are having specific symptoms relating to diabetes, that doesn’t mean that you have it unless the test confirms it. Testing is key to diagnosis. 

For Prediabetes, it’s suggested the following patients are tested:

  • Are overweight
  • Ages 45 years or older
  • Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Had gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome

For Type 2 diabetes, it’s suggested the following patients are tested:

  • Ages 45 or older
  • Between the ages of 19 and 44 who are overweight, obese, and have one or more other diabetes risk factors
  • Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes 

Fruits and vegetables laying on a table with fitness dumbbells, a diabetes monitor, paperwork, and a scale.

While there is no absolute treatment or cure for diabetes, there are steps you can take to lower your risk:

  • Dietary changes
  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol use
  • Proper foot care
    • Maintaining foot hygiene
    • Wearing the proper footwear
    • Treating issue
    • Attending regular examinations

National Statistics

We care about lowering the risk of diabetes – read some of the statistics that surround our nation. 

  • 34.2 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Diabetes is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness.
  • In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How Envision Helps

Envision Medical Group’s practices offer health and wellness services, like diabetes education, to help our patients learn more, treat, and manage this chronic health condition.

Farmington Family Physicians and Northville Family Medical Center: Diabetes Education

Main Center Family Medicine: Diabetic Lifestyle Management

Northville Podiatry: Diabetic Foot Care and Diabetic Shoes

Make An Appointment

Contact your Envision Medical Group practice, or one of the practices mentioned above, to get your early diagnosis screening today or to learn more about diabetes. Click the button below to get started.

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