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What is Diabetes?

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.  

What are Diabetes Symptoms?

Symptoms may include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Weight loss

Risk factors include:

  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Hispanic and African American ethnicity
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • 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.

Why Choose Inspira for Diabetes Care

Inspira Health has locations across South Jersey. That means when you need help getting healthy again, you never have to go very far. Getting care for diabetes at Inspira means you’re getting care backed by an entire network of physicians. Care is easily coordinated between primary care doctors, specialists, nutritionists and rehabilitation specialists, providing a more seamless patient experience.

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