Diabetes is one of the most common chronic health conditions affecting Americans today. In fact, about 30 million Americans have diabetes and another 1.5 million are diagnosed every year. Diabetes can cause serious health complications and it requires close management to help you stay healthy. B. Jalilie, MD, at Blue Hills Medical Group in Cupertino, California, is an expert in diabetes management for men and women of all ages. Book your first appointment online or call the office to learn more.
Diabetes is a metabolic disease. There are many different kinds of diabetes, but the two most common are type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that’s often diagnosed in childhood. Type 2 generally develops later in life and is caused by a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors.
If you have diabetes, your body can’t effectively process sugar from the food you eat and you develop high blood sugar. Sugar, or glucose, is your body’s main source of energy.
Having diabetes means that your body doesn’t make enough insulin — a hormone that converts sugar to energy — or it can’t use the insulin it does produce.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that can’t be cured. Symptoms can be managed, and treatment generally focuses on monitoring and controlling blood sugar to prevent serious health complications.
Prediabetes is a medical condition that’s often identified before type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, it means you’ll likely develop type 2 diabetes within the next five years. Prediabetes can be reversed with lifestyle adjustments like losing weight, increasing physical activity, and eating a healthy diet.
The exact cause of diabetes isn’t known, but there are some risk factors that are linked to developing diabetes. Common risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:
Having a family history of diabetes or other risk factors doesn’t mean you’ll develop diabetes, but it does mean it’s more likely. Prediabetes is a precursor to type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes puts you at risk for developing other health conditions because high blood sugar can damage your body in different ways over time. Common complications are:
Managing your diabetes helps you stay as healthy as possible and avoid potentially serious health complications.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans living with diabetes, trust your care to the experts at Blue Hills Medical Group. Request your first appointment by phone or online today.