According to medical statistics, more than four hundred million people live with diabetes worldwide, with millions of individuals suffering from prediabetes. Diabetes increases the risk of developing severe complications such as kidney and heart disease, but you can avoid such life-threatening symptoms and conditions with careful management. Juan Carlos Zubieta, MD, MPH, Humble diabetes and obesity specialist at North Houston Diabetes Institute, and the team utilizes regular digital report cards for tracking your health and personalizing your diabetes management plan to fit your health needs. To get started, call or schedule an appointment online today.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes refers to a chronic disease that is caused by high glucose or sugar levels in your blood. If not managed properly, high blood sugar can result in or worsen various chronic health conditions. Therefore, you need to manage your diabetes in your daily lifestyle with the help and advice from health professionals.
What Are the Different Types of Diabetes?
Diabetes occurs in different types. The main types of diabetes include:
· Type 1 Diabetes
This type normally occurs in the early years of your life. If you have this condition, your pancreas produces insufficient insulin or no insulin to control your blood sugar levels effectively.
· Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes mostly occurs during your midlife years and is responsible for most diabetes cases. This type is mostly connected to living an unhealthy or sedentary lifestyle as well as being overweight. However, these factors are not always the cause in all cases. In type 2 diabetes, your pancreas produces insulin, but your body cells become insulin resistant.
One might also get diagnosed with prediabetes when your blood glucose level is higher than normal or gestational diabetes may develop during pregnancy.
How Can You Maintain Track of Your Health with Diabetes?
If you visit North Houston Diabetes Institute with diabetes, the team of specialists will provide you with regular digital report cards with comprehensive information about different levels and aspects of your health to make it easy for you to monitor your changes and manage diabetes. The diabetes assessment takes a few minutes, and the digital report cards will be available straight away. The assessment monitors your:
· Kidney function
· Hypoglycemia levels
· Eye function
· Body mass index
· Foot function
· Blood pressure reading
· Hemoglobin levels
· 10-year cardiovascular risk projection
The report cards have been marked with red-colored areas to indicate your health and wellness sections that require special attention and green-colored areas to indicate where your health is good.
What Should You Expect During Diabetes Management?
A diabetes management plan includes a personalized set of instructions depending on your health concerns. Patients of type 1 and type 2 diabetes will require insulin daily to replace the insulin produced insufficiently, or the body cells do not respond effectively. Personalized weight loss plans can also help in managing your diabetes. Losing about 15 pounds of your body fat helps lower your blood sugar levels and decrease your complications risks such as heart disease, vision loss, and stroke.
To sum up, proper management of your diabetes can help prevent severe complications. To start your diabetes assessment and management, call or book an appointment with North Houston Diabetes Institute online today.