Over 100 million Americans live with diabetes. With this condition, the body doesn’t correctly convert blood sugar into energy. The urgent care team at National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, provides effective and lifesaving treatments to solve diabetes-related health complications through comprehensive care and prevention. Get in touch with National Healthcare Center today by phone or online to learn more about how you can lead a healthy life with diabetes.
Your body requires insulin to monitor your blood sugar and process food. Diabetes is a disease wherein your body is no longer able to either produce or use the insulin that it produces, causing unhealthy levels of blood sugar.
It’s divided into two types, Type 1 and Type 2, though gestational diabetes has also been diagnosed in pregnant women.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, it means that your body isn’t making enough insulin — or none at all — because your immune system has attacked your pancreas (where insulin is produced). Type 1 diabetes typically affects children and young adults, though not exclusively.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It occurs when your body is resistant to insulin and isn’t correctly using it to move sugar into your cells. It affects humans of all ages, though it more frequently affects middle-aged and older people.
Pregnant women can also have diabetes. It typically goes away after the pregnancy, though women diagnosed with it during their pregnancy are more likely to contract Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes include:
The combination of diabetes symptoms you experience will differ according to the type from which you suffer.
Diabetes can lead to:
Your doctor at National Healthcare Center provides two types of treatments for diabetes.
You can control Type 1 diabetes with regular insulin injections or by wearing an insulin pump, which pumps insulin into your body throughout the day.
A healthy diet, regular exercise, and medication are common treatments for Type 2 diabetes. The team at National Healthcare Center works with you to develop a regimen that will keep your blood sugar levels stable and keep you healthy.
Diabetes is no minor illness. If you’d like to learn more about the disease and the different treatment options available to you, contact a team member at National Healthcare Center via phone or online as soon as possible to find the treatment that’s right for you.