Diabetes is a common condition that can lead to serious complications like nerve damage and cardiovascular disease. At EZ HealthCare in Sugarland, Texas, the team provides diabetic management using the latest medications and techniques. Led by internal medicine physician Seema Jabeen, MD, the team takes an educational approach to diabetes treatment, equipping each patient with the tools and knowledge needed to manage their health better. To schedule your visit, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Diabetes refers to a group of conditions that affect the way your body metabolizes sugar. Diabetes prevents your body from converting the sugar in your blood (glucose) into energy for your body, leading to an excess of sugar in the blood. The two main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that produces insulin, an essential hormone that helps convert sugar into energy for your body’s cells. Patients with type 1 diabetes produce little to no insulin. Like many autoimmune disorders, the exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, but experts believe genetics plays a major role. Type 2 diabetes can affect patients of all ages but is typically diagnosed during childhood or adolescence.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin or is unable to produce enough insulin to adequately remove sugar from the blood. Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common amongst younger patients, but typically affects patients over the age of 40.
Although experts are unclear on what exactly triggers type 2 diabetes, the condition is closely linked to obesity, inactivity, and high blood pressure. Some patients experience higher than normal blood sugar levels that aren’t high enough to be considered diabetes; this is known as prediabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, prediabetes can be effectively reversed and prevented from progressing to type 2.
The symptoms of diabetes depend on how much excess sugar is left in your blood. Some patients with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes may not experience symptoms during the early stages of the condition. The symptoms of diabetes include:
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes are usually sudden and severe, while the symptoms of type 2 happen gradually over time. If you experience symptoms, the team at EZ HealthCare can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment for managing your condition.
Although there is no cure for diabetes, with the right treatment plan, you can achieve and maintain good health. A healthy diet and regular exercise are essential to the long-term management of your condition. For patients struggling with obesity or excess body weight, Dr. Jabeen specializes in obesity medicine, providing medically supervised weight loss.
In addition to lifestyle modifications, medications are also used to regulate blood sugar levels. Dr. Jabeen uses the latest medications that help patients maintain a healthy body weight. To find out the right treatment for you, call EZ HealthCare, or request an appointment online today.