When you eat, your body releases insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas. Insulin stabilizes the levels of glucose—or sugars—in your blood by ushering these sugars into your cells to be used as energy. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body has trouble using insulin and your glucose levels cannot stabilize properly. Fortunately, you can work with your hospital to assemble a diabetes care team. Your team will work with you to manage your diabetes and help you learn more about the disease.
There are controllable factors that elevate an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Weight is the most significant risk factor because fatty tissues increase your cell’s resistance to the effects of insulin. The good news is that if you are overweight, losing weight will help you lower your risk of diabetes. If you already have diabetes, your care team will likely advise you to lose weight to help manage your condition better. You might also wish to consider checking for a bariatric weight loss program at the hospital. Other controllable risk factors include a lack of physical activity. Some uncontrollable risk factors include your family history and age. After age 45, you may be at a higher risk of diabetes.
The symptoms that can indicate diabetes may develop gradually. They can include increased thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination, and weight loss. Fatigue, slow-healing wounds, and blurry vision are other possible symptoms.
The diabetes care team at your local hospital will likely discuss the potential complications of diabetes with you. These complications may occur if your blood sugar is poorly controlled over a long period of time. With diabetes, you’re at an increased risk of heart disease, blood vessel disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Diabetes may also cause damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves, and feet.
At Mercy Hospital, you’ll find comprehensive healthcare services and physicians dedicated to helping you stay healthy and happy. Miami-Dade County’s only acute care hospital offers support for those with diabetes. To find out more information, or to learn more about physicians in your area, call us at (305) 854-4400.