Diabetes is a disease that prevents your body from converting sugar, starches and other foods you eat into energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, produces a hormone called insulin which affects the metabolism. Insulin allows the body to absorb sugar and starches in the form of glucose to create energy for the body.
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, or is unable to use insulin due to factors such as obesity, leading to insulin resistance. When glucose cannot be absorbed by the body it builds up in the blood stream resulting in a high blood glucose level, and your body becomes starved for energy.
Long-term complications from high blood glucose levels may cause damage to your nerves, kidneys, eyes, feet, skin, and gums around your teeth. Other long-term complications include osteoporosis, and an increased risk for heart and vascular disease, and stroke.
Major Types of Diabetes:
Diabetes symptoms may include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
You are at a greater risk for diabetes if you:
People at risk for Type 2 diabetes can often prevent or delay the onset of disease. Steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes include:
Our medical centers offer programs, clinics and screenings for those who have pre-diabetes, have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and for those living with diabetes.
We’re proud to care for all health care needs for you and your family, and we’re committed to fostering long-term success in preventing and maintaining diabetes.
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