Diabetes is a disease that’s affecting more people every year, causing pain and disability, and often leading to life-threatening complications. Testing for diabetes is very easy, and board-certified family medicine physician Brett Blaser, DO, of Blaser Medical in Farmington, Utah, can help prevent and treat diabetes before it changes your life for good. To book your diabetes screening, call Blaser Medical today or schedule an appointment online.
Diabetes is a long-term health problem that’s becoming increasingly widespread. It causes a wide variety of symptoms that can range from unpleasant and inconvenient to life-changing and even life-threatening.
There are several types of diabetes, which have different causes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system kills the cells in your pancreas that produce the hormone insulin. You need insulin to process sugars in your diet, so if your body can’t make any, you need insulin therapy.
Type 1 diabetes is far less common than type 2 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body is still making insulin, but you either can’t use it, or you’re not making enough to keep your blood sugar well controlled.
Type 2 diabetes typically develops because of an unhealthy lifestyle. Being overweight is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes, but other factors increase your risk of developing the disease, including:
Type 2 diabetes tends to develop as you get older, although rates in young people and even children are on the rise because of the increase in obesity. Having a family history of diabetes also increases your chances of getting it, but neither age nor heredity makes diabetes inevitable.
Diabetes can cause significant health problems, including:
Diabetes also causes circulation problems that can lead to ulcers and infection in the legs and feet. Patients who have advanced diabetes quite often have to have toes, feet, or legs amputated.
Dr. Blaser approaches diabetes treatment by helping you change your lifestyle and adopt healthier habits. If you follow his recommendations, there’s every chance you’ll be able to stay off medication, and your health is going to improve in many other ways, too.
Eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fiber, and whole grains, and low in bad cholesterol, trans fats, and sugar can make a significant difference to your health. A healthy diet helps you manage blood sugar levels more effectively and avoid unhealthy fluctuations.
Getting more exercise also makes a big difference to your overall health, and when you eat well and exercise regularly, you’re far better able to keep to a healthy weight.
Dr. Blaser can also run a simple blood test that shows whether you have the early signs of diabetes. This stage is called pre-diabetes and is fully reversible with appropriate lifestyle changes.
Call Blaser Medical today to schedule a consultation or arrange a diabetes screening test, or book an appointment online.