More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes and an additional 84 million are considered prediabetic. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed or you’re in danger of developing diabetes, Katherine Hurst, MD and qualified Nurse Practitioners who specializes in diabetic care at Apollo Medical with locations in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, has the experience and expertise to help you better manage your health. To learn more about diabetes and the care you require, call one of the offices or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.
Diabetes is a catchall term for any condition in which your body isn’t able to properly regulate the levels of glucose in your blood due to insufficient insulin or insulin resistance.
Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas that delivers the sugars in your blood to where they need to go and carts off the excess. When you develop a resistance or your pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin to begin with, glucose levels build in your blood, which can be dangerous.
There are several types of diabetes, but the two most common are:
This form of diabetes accounts for most diagnoses and it’s a condition in which your body doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or builds up a resistance to insulin.
This less common form of diabetes stems from a problem with your immune system, which attacks the cells responsible for making insulin, leaving you with little or none of this crucial hormone.
The symptoms of diabetes typically don’t present themselves until the disease is already in full swing, which makes it hard to head off a diagnosis because there are few early warning signs. That said, you should be on the lookout for the following red flags:
Again, diabetes usually only makes itself known once the disease has taken hold, which is why the team at Apollo Medical is diligent about monitoring your risk factors, such as carrying extra weight or a family history of the disease.
The health complications that can develop because of diabetes are serious and include:
The severity of these complications underscore the importance of having the type of experienced care that Apollo Medical provides.
Diabetes is a chronic illness that has no cure, but there are plenty of ways the team at Apollo Medical can help you better manage your health, including:
In addition to these sound techniques, your doctor checks in with you frequently to watch out for any signs of health complications.
If you’d like to learn more about diabetes care, call Apollo Medical or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.