Diabetes Management Questions and Answers
Diabetes has many symptoms which should not be ignored. Physicians Express offers a wide variety of medical services, including diabetes management. We accepts walk-ins or you can call us for more information. We care about your health. We are conveniently located at 2000 W. Main St. Suite M St. Charles, IL 60174.
Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate here in the United States, reports the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Here is newly released data: 32.2 million people of the nation’s population have diabetes, 26.8 million people have diagnosed diabetes, and approximately 7.3 million people have diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed. Diabetes impacts all backgrounds – social, ethnic and economic, and Type 1 accounts for about 5.2% of diagnosed cases, affecting about 1.6 million people.
Children and young adults too are no stranger to diabetes. Data shows that an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among U.S. adults aged 18 years or older, which include around 210,000 children and adolescents younger than 20 years of age.
Hospitalizations are staggering too: Just recently, there were a total of 7.8 million hospital discharges reported with diabetes as any listed diagnosis among U.S. adults aged 18 years or older, and there was a total of 16 million emergency department visits reported with diabetes as any listed diagnosis among adults 18 years or older.
Diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, based on well over 80,000 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death. Diabetes was also listed as the underlying or contributing cause of death on nearly 300,000 death certificates.
The strain that diabetes puts on the healthcare system is astronomical: the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. was $327 billion three years ago and is only expected to rapidly climb.
If you have a family history of diabetes, or you suspect you have symptoms of diabetes, then book an appointment with your doctor right away – it could help save your life.
What are the first symptoms of being diabetic?
How can you tell if you have diabetes? The most common early symptoms are from higher-than-normal levels of glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood. The warning signs can be so mild that you don’t even notice them, especially with type 2 diabetes. Some people don’t find out they have it until they get problems from long-term damage caused by the disease. With type 1 diabetes, the symptoms happen faster, like in a matter of days or a few weeks and they are severe, too. Both type 1 and type 2 have some of the same warning signs: hunger and fatigue, urinating more often and being thirstier, dry mouth and itchy skin, and blurred vision. Additionally, the symptoms of type 2 diabetes may include areas of darkened skin, usually in the neck or armpits, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, slow healing sores, frequent infections, and sudden weight loss.
What is the main cause of diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes occurs when your immune system, which is the body’s system for fighting infection, attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Scientists suggest that type 1 diabetes is caused by genes and environmental factors, like with viruses, that could trigger the disease. Type 2 diabetes is the most common and is caused by a number of factors, which include being overweight, obese, and physically inactive, genes, family history, and insulin resistance.
How do I find out if I have diabetes?
Knowing if you have diabetes is not something you can just do at home, so you will need to get a check-up and laboratory tests. If your tests come back and you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, then your doctor may offer a diabetes management program that may involve a combination of medication, diet, and exercise routine. In the event you have type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy might be used to help treat your condition.
How can a doctor help with diabetes?
A doctor is your best resource if you are a diabetic. They can help advise you on all the right things you need to do in order to treat it, whether it be type 1 or type 2. Again, diet, exercise, and medications will all play a role in treatment and you will always need to follow your doctor’s suggestions to live a healthier life.
If you have a history of diabetes in your family, or you are showing symptoms of diabetes, then we encourage you to contact us and book an appointment through our website. We are open 7 days a week, and we accept walk-ins. Most of all, we care about your health needs and are here to provide the best healthcare for you and your family.