One of the most common medical conditions in the U.S., diabetes affects over 10 percent of Americans. Research has shown a higher prevalence of diabetes in men over women; however, men also are less likely to visit the doctor for a diagnosis or treatment.Read More
Diabetes occurs when glucose (also called blood sugar) is too high. Insulin, a hormone, helps you regulate your blood sugar. In some cases, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use it well. When your blood sugar is too high for an extended period of time, it can cause health problems.
Symptoms may include increased thirst, urination, blurry vision and weight loss.
Risk factors include family history, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, being of Hispanic and African American ethnicity, history of gestational diabetes, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Inspira’s Approach to Diabetes Care
Inspira physicians can help you manage any of the three types of diabetes:
- Type 1 – Your body doesn’t produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed when a person is a child or young adult. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day.
- Type 2 – Your body doesn’t respond to insulin as well as it should. This is known as insulin resistance. As the disease progresses, often one does not produce enough insulin. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes, and usually occurs to middle-aged or older people (though young people can sometimes get it).
- Gestational diabetes – Gestational diabetes is a condition when a pregnant female without a history of diabetes develops high sugar during the pregnancy caused by not enough insulin production in the setting of insulin resistance. Though gestational diabetes typically goes away after your baby is born, you may be at risk for having type 2 diabetes later in life.
At Inspira, physicians collaborate to help you manage any of these conditions and any health issues related to your diabetes diagnosis.