Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates

Medical Spa located in Lawrence Township, NJ

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately one-quarter of adults with diabetes go undiagnosed. That’s an alarming statistic, considering diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US. The integrative medicine specialists at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates in Hamilton, New Jersey are proactive about preventing, diagnosing, and treating diabetes to prevent life-threatening health problems. To schedule your comprehensive diabetes screening with Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates, call or click today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease affecting your blood sugar levels. Glucose, or blood sugar, comes from the food you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells, which use it for energy.

When you have diabetes, this process is disrupted, resulting in too much blood sugar. Excess blood sugar leads to many serious health problems including:

  • Eye damage
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Stroke

There are two primary types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes

When you have type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in children and young adults, the body doesn’t produce insulin. Men, women, and children with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day to survive. This form of diabetes isn’t preventable.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. Men, women, and children with type 2 diabetes don’t use insulin efficiently and can’t regulate their blood sugar levels naturally. Type 2 diabetes often has no symptoms, making diagnostic testing incredibly important. Healthy lifestyle changes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Am I at risk for diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes has few risk factors. A family history of the disease or damage to the pancreas that affects its ability to make insulin are the most common.

Type 2 diabetes has more recognizable risk factors including:

  • Being age 45 or older
  • Being overweight or obese
  • A family history of the disease
  • A history of gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • Insulin resistance
  • A lack of exercise

Prediabetes is another common risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Those with prediabetes have blood sugar levels higher than normal, but not high enough to receive a diagnosis.

How is diabetes treated?

Your integrative medicine specialist at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates confirms your diabetes diagnosis with a physical exam, a health assessment, and blood tests. A diabetes management plan often includes:

  • A healthy eating plan featuring lean proteins and whole grains
  • A plan to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise to lower your risk of heart disease
  • Medication to improve your body’s response to insulin
  • Regular blood sugar testing
  • Insulin by pen, pump, or syringe

A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming, but now is the time for you to manage this disease and live your best life. To schedule a diabetes screening with a Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates doctor, call or click today.

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