An estimated 11% of adults in Texas have diabetes. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can cause other health conditions such as heart and kidney diseases. Remix Medical is a modern medical practice that provides integrated and comprehensive care for people with diabetes. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button for help managing your diabetes.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic health condition that prevents your body from properly using the food you eat as energy. When you eat food, mainly foods with carbohydrates such as bread and fruit, your body breaks it down into energy, or glucose, which travels in your bloodstream until insulin, a growth hormone, transports it into your cells for energy.
If you have diabetes, your body can’t get the sugar from your bloodstream into the cells, so the sugar builds up in your blood.
There are two types of diabetes mellitus:
An estimated 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2.
Your doctor at Remix Medical diagnoses diabetes by checking your fasting blood sugar or hemoglobin A1C, which is a special blood test that provides an average of your blood sugar over a two- to three-month period.
Common symptoms that may indicate diabetes include:
Because the symptoms might not be severe, they often go unnoticed. Your physician at Remix Medical recommends you come in for your annual physical to assess your overall health and check your blood work and risk of diabetes. An early diagnosis may prevent or lessen complications.
Your health care specialist at Remix Medical uses a combination of treatments to help put you in control of your diabetes, including:
The goal of treatment is to improve blood sugar levels to prevent diabetes-related complications. In most cases, you may be able to make improvements by changing your diet, being more active, and losing weight.
If left uncontrolled, diabetes mellitus may lead to complications that can impact your overall health.
Elevated blood sugar can damage the small blood vessels in your kidneys, leading to diabetic nephropathy and possibly kidney failure.
Like the blood vessels in your kidneys, elevated blood sugar from diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your eyes and affect your vision.
Diabetic neuropathy, which most often occurs in your hands and feet, is characterized by damaged nerve endings that may affect your ability to feel.
Poorly controlled diabetes may also increase your risk of heart disease, hypertension, and dental issues.
For medical management of your diabetes, call Remix Medical or schedule an appointment online.