Learn more about diabetes and the ways in which you can protect your health.
Nearly 10 percent of the US population has diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that affects our body’s ability to create and use glucose properly. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational and our Lake Orion, MI, board-certified family doctor Dr. Joseph Gorz can help prevent, diagnose and treat all forms of diabetes.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
You should schedule an appointment with a doctor if you notice any of these symptoms,
- Unexpected and sudden weight loss
- Excessive thirst and/or hunger
- Excessive urination, especially at night
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Overall weakness
- Blurry vision
- Numbness or tingling of the hands and feet
- Sores and injuries that are slow to heal
What are the risk factors for diabetes?
There are different risk factors associated with different types of diabetes. The risk factors for type 2 diabetes (the most common type) include,
- Having prediabetes
- Being obese or overweight
- A family history of type 2 diabetes
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- Being 45 years or older
- Your ethnicity (e.g. African American; Asian Americans; American Indian)
Types 1 diabetes is the result of an autoimmune disorder; therefore, family history is the most common risk factor. Gestational diabetes, which develops when a woman is pregnant, is more likely to happen if the woman is,
- Over 25 years old
- Has a family history of diabetes
- Has had gestational diabetes in the past
- Has certain hormone disorders including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
How can I prevent diabetes?
Usually, through healthier lifestyle choices you can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Certain lifestyle modification to reduce your risk include,
- Losing weight, if necessary
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting regular, moderate exercise several times a week
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting or avoiding alcohol
I have diabetes. What are my treatment options?
If you have diabetes the goal is to manage your symptoms to help you lead a healthy, happy life. You want a doctor who can provide you with all-encompassing care to ensure that diabetes doesn’t cause complications or problems. Along with lifestyle modifications, you will also need to check blood glucose levels daily and take medication as prescribed.
Our medical team provides comprehensive, compassionate and knowledgeable care to patients of all ages dealing with both acute and chronic diseases. If you or a loved one is dealing with diabetes or experiencing symptoms of diabetes it’s important that you call us at (248) 690-9181 for an evaluation.
The information is provided to you by Dr. Joe Gorz at Neighborhood Primary Care.