If you have diabetes, you’re not alone. More than 29 million men and women in the United States have this disease in which your body can’t properly use and store glucose. For patients with diabetes in St. Robert, Missouri, Linda J. Morgan-Evans, MD, of High Point Medical Clinic can help with management and treatment of the condition. To learn how she can help you, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
A hormone called insulin, produced in the pancreas, helps you manage your blood sugar (glucose) levels. If insulin production is inadequate or your body fails to use it effectively, you experience high blood sugar levels that can result in diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which your body stops producing insulin entirely. You need to take daily insulin injections to manage your levels. This type usually develops in children or young adults.
Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body can’t appropriately use the insulin you do produce. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in people older than 40, especially those who are overweight or have a family history of the disease. However, younger people with poor diets and sedentary lifestyles can develop it, too.
Some women develop diabetes during pregnancy, which is known as gestational diabetes. In these cases, the body fails to produce enough insulin to control your blood sugar. Gestational diabetes poses a health risk to both mother and baby, but usually resolves after the baby is born. Having gestational diabetes raises the risk that a woman may develop Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Diabetes doesn’t always have obvious symptoms, especially in the case of Type 2 diabetes. If you do develop symptoms, they might include:
Many people with diabetes also notice that wounds, especially those on the feet, take a long time to heal.
If diabetes goes unmanaged, you face an increased risk of many serious health concerns. These include:
Cardiovascular disease and heart attack
Blindness or other eye problems
Poor circulation that can lead to amputation
Oral health issues, such as periodontal disease
Women with gestational diabetes face a greater risk of developing dangerously high blood pressure (preeclampsia) and other health conditions. Their babies may grow too large, may be born with low blood sugar, or may develop Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Dr. Morgan-Evans offers regular monitoring to help you stay on top of your symptoms and blood sugar levels. She can also help you create an eating and exercise plan to support healthier blood sugar levels. Some people with diabetes benefit from daily insulin injections or oral medications to help the body use insulin more effectively.
If you’d like to be screened for diabetes, or you need treatment for your already-diagnosed diabetes, call High Point Medical Clinic to make an appointment, or use the convenient online scheduling tool.