Diabetes is a growing epidemic in Texas, currently affecting 2.8 million adults. Proper care of your diabetes may help prevent the development of other diabetes-related health issues such as diabetic retinopathy or peripheral neuropathy. Board-certified family medicine physician, Michael Neret, MD, and his team at Bay City, Texas, take an alternative and conservative approach to medicine and can develop a plan that helps you manage your diabetes. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or request an appointment online today.
Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal. The sugar in your blood serves as a source of energy for all the cells and tissues in your body. A hormone made in your pancreas called insulin helps transport sugar from your blood to the cells.
Diabetes develops because of issues related to your insulin, which is divided into types, including:
If you have Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t make enough or any insulin. This is an autoimmune disorder that is most often diagnosed during childhood.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, the insulin your pancreas makes isn’t able to get the sugar from your bloodstream into your cells. Type 2 diabetes most often develops in adults and is more common than Type 1 diabetes.
You can also develop diabetes during pregnancy, referred to as gestational diabetes, which can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Diabetes causes many symptoms that may range in severity depending on the type of diabetes you have. In people with Type 1 diabetes, the symptoms tend to be severe and difficult to miss. However, for people with Type 2 diabetes, the symptoms may go unnoticed, or they may be brushed off as something else.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
The team at Michael Neret, MD, recommends you come in every year for your annual physical, so you can be screened for diabetes risk factors that may help you get the treatment you need to prevent onset of the disease.
The team at Michael Neret, MD, takes an alternative and conservative approach to the management of diabetes. Your treatment plan is individualized to meet your specific needs and may include:
If you have Type 1 diabetes, insulin injections are mandatory for blood sugar control.
If you have Type 2 diabetes and you’re overweight or obese, the team may suggest an exercise and diet plan geared toward helping you lose weight. Even a modest amount of weight loss can significantly improve your blood sugar numbers.
For help with your diabetes, contact Michael Neret, MD, today, or request an appointment online.