About 30.3 million people, or a staggering 9.4% of the United States’ population, are affected by diabetes. Surprisingly, around 7.2 million people in the US have diabetes and don’t even know it.
Diabetes mellitus, more commonly known as diabetes, is a complex autoimmune endocrine disease that does not yet have a cure. However, with breakthroughs in medications and treatments, there are ways to live a long and healthy life with lifestyle adjustments. These adjustments mostly revolve around changing your diet, monitoring your blood sugar, moderate exercise, combined with medicine. A combination of these changes can help you live a normal life while managing diabetes.
The body’s inability to produce sufficient amounts of insulin, a hormone that helps regulate the amount of sugar in your blood, leads to diabetes. Insulin is necessary for extracting and supplying sugar from the blood into cells to be used as a source of energy. With diabetes, the body’s immune system may attack and destroy the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. A diabetic person’s body fails to produce insulin or adequately utilize the insulin created by the body.
Genetics and lifestyle play a crucial role in causing diabetes. Viral infections are also known triggers of immune system attacks. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar, which can be detrimental to vital organs, including nerves, kidneys, and eyes.
Diabetes Signs & Symptoms
- High blood sugar levels promote glucose concentration, and this leads to frequent urination and dehydration.
- Increased hunger
- Increase thirst due to dehydration
- Weight loss despite a sound appetite
- Impaired or blurry vision, which mainly arises due to fluctuations in blood glucose levels
- Slow or no wound healing
How EG Healthcare Diabetes and Endocrinology Care can help
Can I eat all of the food that I enjoy? Should I start exercising? Do I need to start taking insulin or medication? Will this cause other health issues?
Whether you’re not sure if you have diabetes, recently received a diagnosis, or have been living with diabetes and are looking for guidance, we are there to answer all of your questions and guide you through your unique situation and help you make these important decisions.
Our team of support specialists will work with you to create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs. We treat each individual differently and always keep an eye out for depressive symptoms that could derail your regular life pattern. Diabetes treatment specialists at EG Healthcare Diabetes and Endocrinology Care strive to offer a comfortable and stable environment to help you regain control over your emotional and physical health. Our diabetes support team is committed to educating and providing constant care and attention throughout the treatment.
We provide both medical and mental support for diabetes, in addition to medical care; you will get the following help while living with diabetes:
- Consulting on body weight management and physical exercise
- Regular screening with random and fasting blood sugar level tests
- Routine health checkups with custom dietary recommendations
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a permanent cure for diabetes?
No cure for diabetes currently exists, but the disease can go into remission. When diabetes goes into remission, it means that the body does not show any signs of diabetes, although the disease is technically still present.
Can diabetes affect you sexually?
Diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage associated with diabetes, can cause sexual issues. Numbness, pain, or lack of feeling can also occur in the genitals. This can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). Neuropathy may also inhibit orgasm or make it difficult to feel sexual stimulation.
Can exercise reverse the effects of diabetes?
For some people, changes in exercise and diet can keep the blood sugar levels normal — so long as they are continued. Many studies have shown that lifestyle changes can help people manage diabetes and provide robust protection against ever getting the disease.