Taking charge of your diabetes?
Whether you’re an adult who’s been diagnosed or you’re caring for a child with diabetes, it’s important to understand how it works, how to manage it and where to get diabetes support. Together, we’ll take charge.
What is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus, commonly called “diabetes,” is a group of disease types that affect your body’s ability to turn the sugar (glucose) in your blood into energy. Insulin is the hormone that changes that glucose so it can be used by cells for energy. Depending on what diabetes type you have, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin, or your body doesn’t properly use it. Either way, when diabetes is left unchecked, you have too much glucose in your blood.
If untreated, any form of diabetes can lead to death and serious complications such as:
- Kidney failure
- Heart and vascular disease
- Wounds and infections
Could you have diabetes?
Signs, symptoms and severity depend on the diabetes type, as well as just how high your blood sugar is. Some people don’t experience symptoms right away. Common symptoms you might experience or observe:
- Extreme hunger
- Frequent urination
- Constant thirst
- Rapid weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores
- Frequent infections
If you suspect you or your child might have diabetes, contact your ProMedica doctor immediately. We’ll discuss with you the potential for diabetes, as well as run diagnostics tests to pinpoint the source of your symptoms.
The percentage of adults and children with diabetes in our country continues to grow each year. Be a part of the number of people who are taking charge of their own health. We’ll help.
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