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Quick Overview of the types of Diabetes

There are several types of diabetes, with the most common being Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. Here's an overview of each:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. This results in little to no insulin production. It often develops in childhood or adolescence and requires lifelong insulin therapy through injections or an insulin pump.

  2. Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for the majority of cases. It typically develops in adults, but it can also affect children and adolescents. In Type 2 diabetes, the body's cells become resistant to insulin, and the pancreas may not produce enough insulin to meet the body's needs. Lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, along with medications in some cases, are used to manage this condition.

  3. Gestational Diabetes: This type of diabetes occurs during pregnancy when the body cannot produce enough insulin to meet the increased needs. It usually resolves after childbirth, but women who have had gestational diabetes have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

  4. Monogenic Diabetes: This is a rare form of diabetes caused by a specific genetic mutation that affects how the body processes blood sugar. It is often misdiagnosed as Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

  5. Secondary Diabetes: Some medical conditions, medications, or diseases can lead to high blood sugar levels, which is referred to as secondary diabetes. These conditions may include certain hormonal disorders or the use of medications that affect blood sugar levels.

  6. Other Specific Types: There are other, less common, specific types of diabetes that can result from various causes, such as genetic mutations, pancreatic diseases, or drug-induced diabetes.

It's important to note that managing diabetes varies depending on the type and individual circumstances. Proper diagnosis, regular monitoring, and a treatment plan tailored to the specific type of diabetes are essential for effective management and to minimize complications. If you suspect you have diabetes or are at risk, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and guidance. ( Even if it is not us)

Diabetes can cause a lieu of other symptoms and signs. Here are some to be aware of:

  1. Lethargy- or feeling tired.

  2. Frequent headaches

  3. Brain fog

  4. Some increase in weight gain or a decrease in weight gain

  5. Tingling in the hands and feet

  6. Swelling in the hands, wrist, ankles, and feet

  7. A symptom called "Hypoglycemia" or low blood sugar

  8. Rapid change in vision

  9. And many more!

Testing can occur but some of the more infamous ways to test for diabetes is through the blood and urine. We work in conjunction with local labs in order to have you in and out with blood testing and we have a screening device for the urine right here in office. While this is not a death sentence anymore, it can be well managed if your entire health care providers work together to come up with a great solution for your care. Contact us if you have any questions.

Be well!

Jade Orchid Wellness

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