What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that affects how your body processes and utilizes glucose. Glucose is the primary fuel used for every process of the body.
Diabetes is a problem with the pancreas, which is responsible for the production of insulin. Insulin is responsible for processing and distributing glucose throughout the body. When insulin is absent or insufficient, glucose builds up in the bloodstream and is not useable for essential processes of the body.
When glucose accumulates in the blood, commonly called high blood sugar, it is incredibly destructive to the body’s tissues and can have a negative impact on every system of the body. If you have diabetes, ongoing management and support are essential to prevent serious complications.
What are the possible complications of diabetes?
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause long-term complications, such as:
Diabetes also places you at higher risk for anxiety, depression, and dementia. Bethesda Immediate Care provides a variety of services that help you manage your Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and decreases your risk for long-term complications.
What are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are the two main types of the disease, which differ in how the body naturally produces insulin.
Type 1 diabetes
The body produces very little or no insulin. Treatment requires injections of synthetic insulin to control your blood sugar.
Type 2 diabetes
The body produces some but insufficient amounts of insulin. Diet and weight control can often effectively treat Type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is another form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. An increased need for insulin production during pregnancy causes this form of diabetes, which usually resolves after birth.
What does diabetes management entail?
Effective diabetes management requires cooperation with your provider, personal commitment to your health, and supportive health care services.
Diabetic management services include:
Bethesda Immediate Care is with you every step of your diabetic journey and provides everything you need to effectively manage your Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
For a consultation regarding ongoing diabetes management, call or book an appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care.