Over 100 million Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes, which can lead to complications including blindness, neuropathy, and amputation. The team of expert physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners at Humble Family Practice, with locations in Humble and Atascocita, Texas, diagnoses diabetes and offers customized care designed to control your disease and improve your overall wellness. Call Humble Family Practice today or schedule an appointment online.
Diabetes is a group of diseases that interfere with the way your body uses insulin to convert blood sugar into energy. Diabetes doesn’t often cause symptoms in its early stages. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment at Humble Family Practice for a diagnosis.
There are three primary types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational:
The exact cause of diabetes isn’t fully understood. However, doctors and medical researchers know that Type 1 diabetes is the result of an immunologic malfunction where your immune system attacks and destroys your insulin-making cells in your pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is often caused by genetics, a poor diet, and obesity.
In most cases, your doctor diagnoses diabetes with a blood test. A basic blood panel reveals your blood sugar levels, a key indicator of diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t often cause noticeable symptoms, so this standard blood test is a critical part of your routine wellness exam, especially if you have a family history of the disease.
Your doctors at Humble Family Practice provide customized treatment plans to help you manage your disease. If you’re prediabetic or if your condition is in its early stages, you may be able to control your blood sugar levels by adjusting your diet and adding exercise to your daily habits.
If you can’t control your diabetes with lifestyle modifications, your doctor can prescribe medication. For example, if you have Type 1 diabetes, you'll need to inject yourself with insulin daily.
If you’re concerned about diabetes, call Humble Family Practice or make an appointment online today.