An estimated 30.3 million Americans are living with diabetes, a statistic that nears 10% of the population. Finding an effective treatment path is critical to managing diabetes and living a healthy life, and is an area of specialty of Dr. Jacqueline G. De Castro and Dr. Jasper F. Basit of De Castro & Basit, MDs, in Hanford, California. If you’re searching for personalized, personable diabetes care, book an appointment today. A simple online scheduling tool makes it easy to set up your visit, or you’re welcome to reach the office by phone to check appointment availability.
To understand diabetes, it helps to think about how your body converts food into energy. Under normal function, your body turns much of your food into glucose. A hormone called insulin allows the glucose to enter your cells where it can be put to use.
Without adequate insulin, glucose accumulates in your blood, a condition known as diabetes. That glucose places significant strain on many areas of your body and can cause widespread health issues.
There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body cannot produce insulin and must be treated with supplemental insulin to survive. Type 2 diabetes occurs when you are unable to make enough insulin or make proper use of the insulin that is produced.
Some women develop diabetes while pregnant, a condition known as gestational diabetes. This usually clears up after the birth of the child.
Excessive blood glucose can cause numerous health problems, including:
Without proper management, diabetes can lead to serious and even life-threatening medical issues.
Managing diabetes requires a multi-pronged approach. A great deal of improvement can be made by changing your diet and getting more exercise. Lifestyle modifications can be a powerful treatment approach.
In some cases, insulin therapy can help improve diabetes symptoms. Insulin can be self-administered via injection and requires careful monitoring of your blood sugar levels. Insulin can also be delivered via an inhaler, pump, injection port, or high-pressure jet injector.
There are multiple types of insulin available. Some take effect almost immediately, while others take hours to take effect. Different types also last for varying durations. In addition to insulin, there are other medications that can control blood sugar and manage symptoms.
In some cases, bariatric surgery is a viable treatment path and can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. This is not a good option for everyone, however, and comes with certain risks.
Your treatment path is created according to your specific set of needs and treatment goals. When you’re ready to begin, book an appointment with De Castro & Basit, MDs, online or by phone.